Baltimore’s Edgar Allan Poe couldn’t have come up with a more fiendish nightmare than what the Red Sox bullpen went through last night. Entrusted with a 10-1 lead, the relief corps brought back memories of the early season 2003 Gasoline Alley Gang. All we needed was Bob Lobel sitting on the set of WBZ with the giant panic button. The Orioles scored five runs in the seventh and 5 runs in the eighth to come all the way back and stun the Red Sox, 11-10.
If NESN has the “Mothers Day Miracle” that they like to show over and over, now MASN (Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) has last night’s game to show in a loop.
Sean McAdam notes that in this game, the deluge came after the rain. Amalie Benjamin has the rejuvenated Orioles washing out the Red Sox lead. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox playing two completely different games last night, one before and one after the rain.
Don Orsillo noted this a couple of times on the NESN broadcast last night, and Steve Buckley does as well, that the Red Sox woes started after the entire infield began to trot off the field in the sixth inning, thinking there were three outs, when there were only two. Rob Bradford notes why this was truly a historic collapse by the Red Sox.
With MLB players union head Donald Fehr set to retire, Bob Ryan notes that there is probably not a job in sports that is loathed more by the public than being the head of a players union. McDonald has Terry Francona not really into the whole ‘this time it counts’ approach to the All Star Game. Buckley notes that the Red Sox roster is able to withstand injuries and is now in a good spot after a tough start to the season.
Adam Kilgore says that the four innings of work from John Smoltz ended up being the lone bright spot for the Sox last night. McDonald notes that it was a bittersweet night for Smoltz. McAdam has Mike Lowell being placed on the DL. Jeff Bailey was called up to take his place on the roster, and Brian MacPherson has Bailey ready to contribute, whatever his role might be.
Benjamin’s notebook has the Sox playing cautious and putting Mike Lowell on DL, where he’ll be out until after the All Star break. McAdam’s notebook agrees that Smoltz was the only bright spot for the Sox. McDonald’s Red Sox journal has more on the Sox putting Lowell on the shelf.
Free Agency starts at noon today, but don’t expect a flurry of signings. Mick Colageo has Peter Chiarelli saying that the Bruins are going to “sit back” at the start of free agency. Bud Barth says there are no big deals on the horizon for the Bruins. Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins talented roster allows them to “pace” themselves in the free agent market. Mike Loftus says that the salary cap puts tight limits on the Bruins options. Stephen Harris has the Bruins just playing a waiting game. Joseph Gravellese says that big signings are not on the Bruins agenda.
Kevin Paul Dupont has Scott Gomez becoming one of the sports all-time salary dumps in his trade to the Canadiens. Mike McMahon thinks that Phil Kessel could still be on his way out of town. Joe Haggerty explains some of the RFA rules.
Frank Dell’Apa and Marc J. Spears have Eddie House deciding against free agency and electing to stay with the Celtics for another season. Mark Murphy has more on House choosing to stay at home here in Boston. Scott Souza has House staying while the Celtics declined to offer a tender to Leon Powe.
Ron Chimelis has a look at Springfield’s new NBDL team.
Mark Farinella has a few ponderous thoughts.
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