Even after dropping yesterday’s 11-6 series finale in Philadelphia, the Red Sox took two out of three from the World Champion Phillies this weekend, right on the heels of last week’s sweep of the Yankees.
Josh Beckett was not sharp yesterday, though he did attempt to help his own cause with a home run. In the end though, Beckett gave up six earned runs and was charged with the loss.
Adam Kilgore has the Red Sox five game winning streak coming to an end. John Tomase looks at an unexpected meltdown from Beckett. Kevin McNamara has the Sox pitching coming unglued in Philly yesterday.
Bob Ryan is prepared to give Beckett a mulligan for his performance yesterday. Rob Bradford says the music stopped for Beckett yesterday. Nick Cafardo says that a rough outing from Daniel Bard certainly didn’t diminish John Smoltz’s enthusiasm for the kid’s stuff and makeup. Steve Buckley says that Bard just needs to turn the page after his outing yesterday.
Brian MacPherson looks at the long road to success for Ramon Ramirez. Buckley has John Smoltz feeling like he’s finally got his changeup under control and ready to go. Adam Smartschan has SoxProspects.com giving their thoughts on the Sox draft.
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The Globe notebook has Rocco Baldelli fading yesterday after three starts in four days. Tomase’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia welcoming a day off yesterday. McNamara’s notebook says that Bard could be the odd man out when Smoltz is activated.
Marc J. Spears has Phil Jackson winning his 10th title and passing Red Auerbach’s record for most championship as a head coach with the Lakers taking home their 15th NBA championship last night in Orlando. Spears’ notebook has Doc Rivers choosing not to attend the NBA finals even though the last three games were near his home in Orlando.
With all the spring workouts and camps completed, Christopher Price says that the 2009 Patriots are starting to come into focus.
Mark Farinella did a little spy mission and discovered that the Patriots practice fields can be clearly viewed from the fifth floor of the new Renaissance Boston Hotel and Spa at Patriot Place. Since the column has a James Bond theme, perhaps a better title would’ve been “A View to a Kill?”
Mike Loftus says that the 2009-10 NHL season shapes up as a big one.