Josh Beckett went seven innings last night, striking out 10, and the Red Sox offense came to life last night, leading to a 8-3 Boston victory over the Oakland A’s at Fenway Park.
Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox had little trouble exploiting the weaknesses of the A’s last night. Amalie Benjamin has Adam LaRoche leading the offense with two doubles. Jeff Goldberg has Beckett and the Sox offense having their way with the A’s. Paul Kenyon says that a balanced offense was the key last night. Bill Ballou has Beckett with another Cy Young-worthy effort.
Alex Speier has Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox at odds over his training methods and the best way to keep him healthy. In a Japanese article, “Matsuzaka still laments the fact that the Sox do not permit him to practice nagekomi, or marathon throwing sessions.”
Ben Collins has Beckett setting a model for pitchers everywhere, with his quick, efficient work. Ron Borges says that tonight is a critical night in the career of Clay Buchholz. Bill Burt says that David Ortiz, not John Smoltz is the reason for the Red Sox struggles recently. Joe McDonald says that trade deadline week can be an anxious time in the Red Sox clubhouse. Mike Fine agrees that this can be an unnerving week for the players. Chaz Scoggins has the Red Sox taking a break from their summer slumber at the plate.
Brian MacPherson has a look at the Red Sox bullpen, which has not allowed a run since before the All Star break. Rich Thompson has Mike Lowell pondering where he is going to fit in the new lineup. Jim Fenton has Adam LaRoche impressing early in his time with the Red Sox. McDonald has Terry Francona hoping that Pete Rose can be reinstated into baseball. Speier teaches us a few more lessons from the Sox’ win.
In a fresh, new take, Gerry Callahan says juicers shouldn’t be allowed in the Hall of Fame. Also, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.
Benjamin’s notebook looks at how Mike Lowell is going to deal with reduced playing time with the addition of Adam LaRoche. Silverman’s notebook says that the Sox might wait and make a waiver deal in August. Goldberg’s notebook says that a lot of the names you’re heading associated with the Sox in trade talks are just rumors. The Projo Red Sox Journal says that the Blue Jays probably won’t trade Roy Halladay within the AL East. Burt’s notebook has Clay Buchholz getting another chance to impress. Ballou’s notebook has a look at Adam LaRoche’s fast start with the Red Sox. Fenton’s notebook has Beckett continuing his Fenway dominance.
Christopher L. Gasper examines the makeover that the Patriots have had at the cornerback position, but concludes that we don’t know for certain if they actually got any better. Ron Chimelis wonders if Tom Brady will be a hit again, or if he’ll just get hit hard again. Mike Reiss examines the top issues heading into camp, including his favorite topic, being able to make stops on third down.
Christopher Price checks out the defensive line for the Patriots. Mark Farinella has the Patriots signing top draftee Patrick Chung. Glen Farley says that tight end is still a weakness for the Patriots despite the offseason additions of Alex Smith and Chris Baker.
Jim Donaldson says that it was easy to root for old-time team owners like Billy Sullivan and Art Rooney, but not for modern hipster doofuses like Daniel Snyder and Mark Cuban.
Mark Murphy has the Celtics and Pacers reworking a deal that will eventually bring Marquis Daniels to Boston. Robert Lee says that Kevin Garnett and Rasheed Wallace have a friendship that goes way back. Jeff Howe says that the Celtics are adding onto the big three this offseason.
Sarina Mathai has the Boston College football team picked to finish last in their division of the ACC, but Conroy has head coach Frank Spaziani liking his team. Conroy’s notebook has a positive update on the health of linebacker Mark Herzlich, who battling Ewing’s sarcoma.