The Red Sox cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Florida Marlins at Fenway Park last night. Tim Wakefield picked up his ninth win of the season, and David Ortiz went deep for the fifth time.
Michael Silverman has Wakefield putting some more wind behind the sails of his All-Star-worthy first half with his outing last night. Amalie Benjamin has more on the possibility of the nearly 43-year-old Wakefield becoming a first-time All star with his performance thus far. Bill Ballou has the Red Sox assembly another victory and establishing themselves as the best baseball factory in the AL. Daniel Barbarisi has the young Marlins hooked by Wakefield’s knuckleball. Glen Farley has more on the performance of Wakefield, who started the game with six straight strikes. Dom Amore looks at another dominant outing for Wakefield.
Sean McAdam has the Sox deciding to go with a six man rotation for a short time when John Smoltz returns next, hoping to buy a little time until a better solution can be found. Barbarisi examines how the Sox plan to make a six-man rotation work for them for the time being. Tony Massarotti says that the Hanley Ramirez trade has proved to be worth it for the Red Sox. Bill Burt writes about Sammy Sosa being named for a failed PED test in 2003. He calls for all the names to be released at once, rather than this slow trickle of names. Rob Bradford examines how Josh Beckett has changed since coming to the Red Sox.
Silverman has John Smoltz set to debut for the Red Sox next Thursday against the Nationals in Washington. Brian MacPherson has Smoltz OK with waiting a little longer. Joe Haggerty has the Sox deciding to experiment with the joy of six. Mike Fine has the Sox choosing to go with safety in numbers. Barbarisi outlines the Sox plan to keep Wakefield healthy right to the end of the season. Lenny Megliola looks at a homecoming of sorts for Hanley Ramirez. Amore says Sox and John Smoltz have set the date for his return.
Eric Avidon has David Ortiz heating up at the plate. Barbarisi says that Big Papi’s resurgence at the plate has been a welcome sight for all. Alex Speier has Ortiz once again forcing pitchers to adjust to him. Ben Collins has Ortiz finally carrying a big stick. Garry Brown doesn’t want the Sox to trade Brad Penny. Jim Fenton has Eric Gagne in town with the Quebec Capitales to face the Brockton Rox in his attempted journey back to the majors.
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Benjamin’s notebook has more on the plans for the rotation. The Herald notebook has David Ortiz seeming to settle into a groove as of late. Ballou’s notebook also looks at the way the Sox have decided to slide Smoltz into the rotation. Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal has more on the blockbuster that worked out well for both sides. Burt’s notebook has more on the Six man rotation. Avidon’s notebook has Smoltz getting into big league shape.
Fluto Shinzawa has Peter Chiarelli entering a new era of expectations with the Bruins. Stephen Harris has Chiarelli looking forward to a bright future for the franchise. Adam Smartschan says that it was an easy call for the Bruins to extend their GM. Haggerty has Chiarelli talking about his new deal.
Bud Barth has Phil Kessel denying that he and his agent have demanded a $5 million per year deal from the Bruins.
Ron Borges says that things are back to normal: everyone is chasing Tiger once again. Jim Donaldson loves that the U.S. Open tries to make the course difficult for the players. Michael Whitmer has Quincy native Michael Welch living the dream by playing in his first U.S. Open.
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