Amalie Benjamin has the Sox dropping a 2-1 rain-shortened game to the Marlins last night at Fenway Park. Michael Silverman says that last night left the Red Sox grumpy. Daniel Barbarisi has the Sox feeling cheated at the rain-shortened night. Dom Amore agrees that the Red Sox felt robbed. Ron Chimelis has the Marlins getting a jump on the Sox in the rain. Bill Ballou has the Sox losing in “undertime.”
Rob Bradford has the Sox left steaming after last night’s loss. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox players upset at management for insisting on going through with the game last night. Mike McMahon says that the Red Sox and MLB took advantage of the fans last night. Lenny Megliola offers up a few rain-soaked thoughts on the Red Sox pitching. Jon Couture says that the rain shortened loss can’t damper our enthusiasm for the potential of this Red Sox team. Mike Fine has the Sox wishing they could give back a lousy night.
Ben Collins has Jon Lester thrown off by the rain and lack of a proper warm-up last night. Barbarisi says that Lester wasn’t perfect and that wasn’t good enough for last night. Brian MacPherson says that the six-man rotation doesn’t mean that the Red Sox aren’t still looking at trade possibilities. Barbarisi has George Kottaras taking a new approach to hitting with good results. Chimelis says that Brad Penny’s success is forcing the Red Sox to make tough decisions. Paul Sulzer says that it appears that Nick Green has claimed a hold on the shortstop position for the moment.
Tony Massarotti examines how the Red Sox have dominated interleague play in recent years. Nick Cafardo looks at why many feel the Red Sox are the best team in baseball. With father’s day approaching Sean McAdam and Ron Borges have a mini-feature on David Ortiz, whose father is battling a serious illness. Chimelis has Smoltz heading to Boston while Clay Buchholz also awaits his call. Glen Farley says that the Sox will keep a close eye on Smoltz.
Adam Kilgore has a Minor League notebook and checks out a deadly pickoff move possessed by Single A pitcher Derrick Loop.
The Globe’s Los Angeles correspondent, Dan Shaughnessy, out to make more appearances on the Jim Rome show, checks in on how Manny Ramirez will be received by Dodger fans when he returns from his suspension.
Benjamin’s notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka getting one more chance to turn his season around before John Smoltz jumps into the rotation. Silverman’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon telling Sirius XM radio that he’ll be looking to sign anywhere – including with the Yankees – when his contract with the Red Sox is up in 2011. He says he’ll go where the most money is. (Mike Petraglia has Papelbon saying his preference is to stay with the Red Sox.) Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal says that David Ortiz has earned another shot at the 5th spot in the batting order. Amore’s notebook has Ortiz comfortable at fifth. McMahon’s notebook has more on Lester getting thrown out of his routine. Ballou’s notebook looks at whether a power surge might be in store for Dustin Pedroia.
The Bruins cleaned up at the annual NHL Awards last night. Zdeno Chara won the Norris Trophy as top defenseman, Tim Thomas took home the Vezina Award (and with Manny Fernandez took home the Jennings Trophy as the top goalie tandem.) Claude Julien won the Adams Award as coach of the year. Kevin Paul Dupont has the honorees humbled by the awards. Stephen Harris has more on the monster night for the Bruins. Mike Loftus also reports on the impressive haul of hardware for the Bruins.
Bill Burt has Ken Hodge getting some long-overdue recognition at The Tradition.
Bill Doyle looks at the media coverage of the Open.
Chad Finn says that despite a dreadful record with the Lions, Matt Millen is still in high demand as a broadcaster.
Christopher Price shares a few specific observations he made during Patriots mini-camp.
Jim Donaldson wants you to know he thinks Twitter is stupid.