In a tight 3-3 battle heading into the seventh inning, the Red Sox erupted for eight runs in the final three innings, including six runs in the eighth to post an 11-3 win over the Washington Nationals.
Adam Kilgore has Jacoby Ellsbury, Jason Bay and Jason Varitek standing out as the stars of this win. John Tomase says that last night’s game actually hinged on two defensive plays. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox successful in their first visit to Nationals Park.
Michael Silverman says that the Nationals are simply a disaster. Brian MacPherson is talking hitting with Chipper Jones. Alex Speier says that Jason Bay is a run-producing monster. Joe Haggerty has Kevin Youkilis going through a bit of a rough patch at the plate. Speier also has a Day in the Life of the Red Sox Draft.
Nick Cafardo says that we just need to wait and see what kind of player Jacoby Ellsbury is going to be, rather than placing high expectations on him. Silverman has hitting coach Dave Magadan still keeping a close eye on David Ortiz at the plate. McDonald has Dusty Brown making his Major League debut. He also looks at another big night for Jason Bay.
Adam Kilgore’s notebook has Mike Lowell benefiting from his weekend rest. Tomase’s notebook has Jason Bay saying that he will not participate in the Home Run Derby. McDonald’s Red Sox journal has the team giving a thumps up to Nationals Park.
You can’t turn around these days without hearing a Rajon Rondo trade rumor. Danny Ainge has been doing his best to defuse such talk, but it persists. Frank Dell’Apa has Ainge saying that while no one is untradeable, he likes the lineup he has right now. Mark Murphy has Ainge reaffirming his love of Rondo. Scott Souza also has Ainge downplaying any trade rumors.
Jim Fenton notes that the Celtics will have a long wait before they pick in tomorrow night’s draft. Paul Flannery has five things we know about this year’s NBA draft. Kirk Minihane rates the best and worst of Celtics drafts. Murphy’s notebook has Ainge reporting that KG’s rehab is going well.
Steve Conroy has Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins looking to make a move up in this week’s NHL draft. Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins have targeted a player and may have to move up to get him. DJ Bean has a couple of ideas as to who that player might be.
The Tradition is tonight, and there are a trio of articles in the papers this morning on the events and honorees:
Lenny Megliola has a look at the event, John Connolly has a piece on Ken Hodge getting recognized for his contributions to the Big Bad Bruins, and Dan Shaughnessy checks in with ice queen Nancy Kerrigan.