The Red Sox still have another night off before they begin the second half of the season tomorrow.
Amalie Benjamin has a look at the organizational depth of the Red Sox, especially in the pitching department, where they are particularly rich. John Tomase looks at how the speed of Jacoby Ellsbury impacts opponents. David Willis has Jed Lowrie set to return to the Red Sox on Saturday. Joe McDonald wonders if this means the end of the line for Julio Lugo. Benjamin gets more details on prospects Junichi Tazawa, Nick Hagadone and Casey Kelly.
Sean McAdam cranks out a first half report card for the Red Sox. Tony Massarotti has 10 storylines to follow in the second half. Mike Fine says that the Red Sox can still improve in the second half. Bill Reynolds hates the knuckleball, but likes Tim Wakefield. Curt Schilling ponders what moves the Red Sox should make in the second half.
Steve Buckley says that the magic is returning to the All Star game. Bill Burt has Carlos Pena still giddy over being an All Star. Alex Speier recounts how Albert Pujols was almost a member of the Red Sox.
Tomase’s notebook has Josh Beckett a willing mentor for Clay Buchholz.
Kevin Paul Dupont has the NHL finally making it official yesterday, announcing that the Winter Classic will be coming to Fenway Park on January 1st, 2010 as the Bruins take on the Flyers. Dan Duggan has more on the league confirming the worst kept secret in the hockey world. Paul Jarvey has the Bruins already excited about the game. Mick Colageo has Cam Neely wishing he could play in the game.
Dupont has a quick look at the Bruins schedule, which was also released yesterday. Loftus’ notebook has the Bruins careful not to focus too much on this one game. Duggan’s notebook has Peter Chiarelli not commenting on any Phil Kessel rumors.
Mark Murphy says that even though the Celtics haven’t yet made him an offer, restricted free agent Glen Davis and the club might be drifting closer together. Jessica Camerato has Stephen Curry talking about how much Ray Allen has meant to him.
George Kimball has a look at the history of Turnberry, at 110 years old, the youngest course in the rotation for The Open Championship. Michael Whitmer has James Driscoll set to appear in his first Open Championship. Kimball’s notebook says that Turnberry is a favorite of Tom Watson. Watson shot a 65 this morning and is the early leader.