The Red Sox dropped their first series of the second half, getting shut down by Roy Halladay in a 3-1 Blue Jays win yesterday.

Amalie Benjamin has Halladay doing nothing to hurt his potential trade value with his domination of the Red Sox. Joe McDonald has Halladay living up to his billing as he got the better of his matchup with Jon Lester. Sean McAdam has the Sox wishing that Halladay got traded prior to yesterday’s start.

Adam Kilgore has Halladay not getting distracted while being the center of attention. Ron Borges has Halladay leaving Toronto fans on their feet with his performance yesterday. Alex Speier says that shortstop isn’t the only revolving door for the Red Sox. Bill Burt says that it is time for Jacoby Ellsbury to head back to the leadoff spot.

Benjamin’s notebook observes the ongoing problems at leadoff for the Red Sox. McDonald’s Red Sox journal has J.D. Drew 0-for-the-second-half in the leadoff spot. McAdam’s notebook has more on the leadoff woes.

Misc

Jon Couture has a look at Tom Watson’s late collapse at The Open Championship. George Kimball has a dream week coming to a bitter end for Watson. Kimball’s notebook says that Watson’s collapse will overshadow that of a pair of Brits who also held final round leads.

The Boston Herald has officially announced the hiring of Ian Rapoport to cover the Patriots beat.

The Pacer’s Marquis Daniels has committed to join the Celtics, either as a straight free agent signing or as a sign-and-trade. The two clubs are trying to work something out. Check CelticsLinks.com for the very latest.

Mike Reiss checks out the Patriots defensive line.

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