Be sure to head over to Fang’s Bites this morning for an Interview with Lou Merloni.

Yesterday’s Globe had a feature reporting that the Sox fired two in  a steroids case last season, one of whom was Jared Remy, son of broadcaster Jerry Remy.

Led by newly acquired Victor Martinez’s five hits, the Red Sox offense was in full swing in yesterday’s 18-10 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Rocco Baldelli and rookie Josh Reddick hit home runs for the Sox, who finished the sweep of the Orioles.

Adam Kilgore has the newly re-energized Martinez providing a boost to the Red Sox offense. John Tomase says that the Red Sox offense has picked a good time to come to life. Daniel Barbarisi has the Red Sox offense starting early and never stopping yesterday for the Sox.

Michael Silverman says that the easy part of the Red Sox schedule is over, and now is the time for the real games to begin.  Alex Speier says that the Red Sox are already a stronger team. Amid the delight over the offense, Nick Cafardo says that Clay Buchholz’s shaky outing was cause for concern. Barbarisi says that the constant trade rumors have worn Buchholz down.

Bob Ryan says that we should be talking less steroids and more baseball.

Barbarisi wonders if Junichi Tazawa could be play a role in the Red Sox bullpen with Justin Masterson gone. Silverman has Josh Reddick opening some eyes with his play. Barbarisi has the rookie outfielder leaving a impression on the Red Sox. He also looks at Victor Martinez leading the offensive charge.

Kilgore’s notebook has Reddick getting into the mix and impressing in his first weekend in the majors. Tomase’s notebook reports that Tim Wakefield is still in pain and may require a second cortisone shot. Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal has the Red Sox altering their rotation so that Jon Lester will face the Yankees this weekend.

Patriots

Christopher L. Gasper says that Kevin O’Connell is on track to be the Patriots backup QB to Tom Brady this season, and isn’t fazed by the team’s interest in Cleo Lemon. Karen Guregian has O’Connell confident in his place with the Patriots. Shalise Manza Young has Shawn Springs feeling like a rookie again. Mark Farinella has Fred Taylor relishing the role of elder statesman. Ian R. Rapoport says that Joey Galloway just wants to win. 

Julian Benbow has Jarvis Green looking to make an impact in the last year of his contract. Guregian has Green refuting the notion that he wants to sign with the New Orleans Saints next season. Rich Garven has Green at home right here in New England. Glen Farley has Stephen Gostkowski making his own legacy in New England.

Christopher Price wonders if 2009 will be the last for the famed line of Seymour, Warren and Wilfork. Jeff Howe has the Patriots putting last season behind them. Guregian says that the Patriots still have a pressing need for a pass rusher at linebacker. Rapoport has Troy Brown making an appearance at camp.

The Globe notebook has Randy Moss helping Joey Galloway get adjusted to life with the Patriots. Rapoport’s notebook has the team cutting LB Vince Redd. Young’s Patriots journal has more on Brown’s appearance at camp. Farinella’s notebook has the team possibly looking to upgrade at backup QB. Farley’s notebook has O’Connell unconcerned at the possibility of additional competition.

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