There’s no denying it, the Red Sox are in a major funk to begin the second half of the season. Their woes continued last night in Texas as rookie pitcher Tommy Hunter outdueled ace Josh Beckett to the tune of a 4-2 Rangers win.
Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox pretty demoralized following this one. Sean McAdam notes that while the pitching got plenty of rest around the All Star break, apparently the offense is still on vacation. Joe McDonald says that even Josh Beckett “the stopper” wasn’t enough last night.
Ron Borges says that Nolan Ryan’s view of pitching is paying off for the Rangers. Jim Donaldson says that the Red Sox have the luxury of being able to afford mistakes like Julio Lugo. Kilgore has Josh Beckett taking the blame for last night’s loss, despite throwing a complete game. Borges has a Shaky first inning spelling doom for Beckett and the Sox last night. McDonald says that the Red Sox offense is officially kaput.
Adam Kilgore has Clay Buchholz getting called back up to start tonight in place of Tim Wakefield. McAdam has Tim Wakefield being placed on the DL with a back strain. McDonald has a sore back doing in Wakefield this time. He also has Clay Buchholz getting the called to replace Wake tonight. Alex Speier says that the AL East is unforgiving of slumps.
Benjamin’s notebook has Wakefield getting placed on the DL. McAdam’s notebook says that it seems unlikely now that the Red Sox will deal a starting pitcher before the trade deadline. McDonald’s Red Sox journal says that the chances of a Halladay trade seem to be shrinking.
Frank Dell’Apa has the Nets the latest team interested in Glen “Big Baby” Davis. Duggan has Austin Ainge being named the head coach of the Maine Red Claws. Jonathan Comey hopes that Ainge has more to offer the Red Claws than just his name. Steve Solloway says that the younger Ainge is ready to make a name of his own.
Fluto Shinzawa has a healthy Matt Hunwick looking forward to getting back on the ice with his new deal. Joe Haggerty has more on the signing. Rich Thompson has Peter Chiarelli determined to get Phil Kessel signed next.
Bob Ryan defends golf as a sport.