The Red Sox finally get back to work tonight as Clay Buchholz makes his 2009 Red Sox debut with a spot start in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Adam Kilgore says that Theo Epstein has been searching for some time for a spot to give Buchholz a start with the big club. Sean McAdam has Buchholz excited for the opportunity tonight. Lenny Megliola says that after getting derailed since his no-hitter, Buchholz needs a charge in his career. Joe McDonald has Buchholz returning to prime time.
Tony Massarotti believes that the Red Sox need another lefty reliever out of the bullpen. John Tomase says we could be looking at a wild finish in the AL East between the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays. Brian MacPherson picks out some issues facing the team for the second half. Joe Haggerty looks at whether the Red Sox can build on a stellar first half of the season. Rob Bradford has Roy Halladay, Jason Bay and Matt Holliday tired of distractions.
Steve Buckley has Josh Beckett looking very much like the Beckett of 2007. Ron Chimelis says that it might be worth it for Theo Epstein to not make any moves before the trade deadline. Mike Fine says that a healthy Mike Lowell would make all the difference in the world for the Red Sox. Alex Speier says that Jason Bay is still open to negotiating with the Red Sox in the second half of the season.
Bob Tremblay checks out the Ted Williams documentary.
Kilgore’s notebook examines how the Red Sox plan to shuffle their roster the next couple of days. McAdam’s notebook has the coming moves probably spelling the end of the Julio Lugo era in Boston. Chimelis agrees that Lugo’s days appear numbered with the needed roster moves. McDonald’s Red Sox journal reports that Lugo was not in attendance at a team workout last night in Toronto.
Marc J. Spears has Glen Davis bowing out of the USA Basketball national team camp because of his uncertain contract status. Jessica Camerato talks with Gerald Henderson Jr and Austin Daye, who both had dads who played for the Celtics.
Haggerty examines the state of the Bruins.