The Red Sox offense continues to sputter, only able to manage a single run last night off a Texas pitcher making a spot start for the Rangers. Nick Green’s solo homer was the only offense generated by the Red Sox, who lost 3-1 in Texas, their fifth straight loss.

Sean McAdam has the Red Sox bats remaining ice cold in the Texas heat. Amalie Benjamin has the Sox finally coming to the end of just a horrible road trip. Joe McDonald has the offense ruining Clay Buchholz’s Texas homecoming.

Adam Kilgore examines a couple of trades made by the Red Sox yesterday, acquiring Pittsburgh first baseman Adam LaRoche and Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan. Ron Borges suggests that Mike Lowell isn’t thrilled at the move by the Sox to pick up someone that could take his place in the lineup. Brian MacPherson says that LaRoche gives the Sox some options. Paul Jarvey says the trade could give the lineup a lift. McDonald has Theo Epstein telling us how LaRoche will fit in with the Red Sox.

Nick Cafardo wonders if these moves by the Sox could just be setting the stage for a larger trade. McAdam seems to agree that the LaRoche trade could set up something big down the line. McDonald has the trades making some wonder where they fit in now. Rob Bradford tells us what has changed, and what hasn’t for the Sox.

Kilgore has J.D. Drew frustrated at his slump. McDonald has more from Drew on his 0-for-22 slump.  Borges has Clay Buchholz unable to get his curve working last night. McDonald has Buchholz disappointed in his outing last night. He also notes that the Rangers are the latest team to run wild on the Sox.

Bill Burt says it isn’t time yet to hit the panic button. Buddy Thomas says Theo Epstein can still do more to improve this team.

The Red Sox are set to retire No. 14 next week.

Benjamin’s notebook says that Mark Kotsay could be the odd man out on the roster. McAdam’s notebook is impressed that the Sox were able to get a body for Julio Lugo.

Patriots

We’re just a week away from training camp. We can expect the previews to start really pouring in now.

 Shalise Manza Young says that the mental part of Tom Brady’s comeback could be tougher than the physical part. Glen Farley says that this is a make or break season for Laurence Maroney. Christopher Price examines the wide receivers, while Mike Reiss has the safeties. Christopher L. Gasper has Jarvis Green straightening out a misunderstanding about his future.

Paul Flannery looks at how Marquis Daniels fits in with the Celtics.

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