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So if you’re the Red Sox, do you pitch to Evan Longoria at all for the rest of the season? Against Boston this season, the Rays third baseman is hitting .370 with 7 homers and 24 RBI in 11 games. Overall, he is hitting .274 with 23 home runs and 81 RBI in 102 games.
Longoria may have struck out four times last night, but he also hit a pair of home runs, including the game tying home run in the eighth inning off Daniel Bard, and the game winning home run in the 13th, a two run blast off Takashi Saito, giving the Rays a 4-2 win over the Red Sox last night.
Adam Kilgore says that the Rays showed last night just how hard it is going to be to come out of the AL East with a playoff spot. John Tomase has the Rays just refusing to die. Daniel Barbarisi notes that the Red Sox could only escape from so many jams last night. Rob Bradford tries to figure out the good, the bad and the ugly from last night.
Michael Silverman reports that David Ortiz will need to file a court motion if he wants to get his records unsealed involving that 2003 drug test. Tony Massarotti says that we’re still waiting for Ortiz to fully come clean. Barbarisi says that Ortiz is still in the dark regarding his test.
Nick Cafardo looks at what waiver deals we might see going through in the next few weeks. Silverman looks at the tremendous success Longoria has enjoyed against the Red Sox. Barbarisi says that crunch time is officially here with the series with the Rays and Yankees. Lou Merloni assesses the state of the Sox after the trade deadline. Joe Haggerty looks at Jason’s Bay’s struggles at the plate.
Jared Remy is in the Globe again, though this time to say that his dad Jerry Remy is now cancer-free, and is just working to get his strength back. There is still no timetable for his return to NESN.
Kilgore’s notebook says that the Red Sox will be calling Pawtucket for a reliever today after going through their entire bullpen last night. Tomase’s notebook has a very good outing going to waste for Jon Lester. Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal has Jason Bay and J.D. Drew swapping days in the lineup as they try to recover from minor injuries.
Christopher L. Gasper ha a profile of new Patriots special team coach Scott O’Brien, who had the same job under Bill Belichick in Cleveland. Karen Guregian has O’Brien getting people’s attention in a short time.
Ben Collins has Leigh Bodden looking forward to getting some wins this season. Ian R. Rapoport also has a piece on Bodden, who is trying to get some wins under his belt after playing his career in Cleveland and Detroit. Glen Farley has more on Bodden, who is eager to play with the Patriots.
Shalise Manza Young has Laurence Maroney feeling that he doesn’t have anything to prove this season. Mark Farinella says that Maroney needs to show that he isn’t fragile. Andy Vogt has Jerod Mayo and Gary Guyton with a close bond and support system.
Rapoport has Matt Light as the Patriots new player rep.
Gasper’s notebook has Andrew Walter ready to compete with Kevin O’Connell for the backup QB job. Rapoport’s notebook has Laurence Maroney already striking up a friendship with Fred Taylor. Young’s Patriots Journal has Ron Brace getting reps at different spots on the defensive line. Farinella’s notebook has Sebastian Vollmer still getting used to the American way. Vogt’s notebook has Brian Hoyer hoping to follow in the steps of Tom Brady. Farley’s notebook has more on Maroney. Garven’s notebook has more on O’Brien.