See the bottom of this post for another Burn Notice comment contest.

Brad Penny gave up three home runs last night, and the Red Sox offense couldn’t get the key hit when needed, resulting in a 6-4 loss to the Tampa Rays last night.

Adam Kilgore has the Sox dropping 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees with the loss. John Tomase has the Sox with another flop at the Trop. Daniel Barbarisi has the Rays completing the two game sweep of the Sox.

Tony Massarotti says we should all be very very afraid. Michael Silverman has the Sox signing Paul Byrd to a minor league deal to bolster their pitching depth. Barbarisi wonders if it is the venue, or the opponent that makes playing in Tampa so tough. Lenny Megliola says that tonight it is John Smoltz’s turn to reward the Red Sox investment and faith in him.

Nick Cafardo says the Yankees are going to be pumped up for this series. Steve Buckley says Yankees fans should think before they boo David Ortiz. Dom Amore has the Yankees owning the lead, but the Sox owning the season series thus far.

Kilgore has Daisuke Matsuzaka speaking with the media (in English) for the first time since his critical comments about the organization went public last week. Silverman has Dice-K talking a different tune this time. Barbarisi thinks that Matsuzaka speaking in English may signal a new commitment to the Sox.

Kilgore has Jason Bay re-aggravating his hamstring injury last night. Barbarisi says that Bay will miss at least two games in the Yankee series because of the injury. Tomase has Ortiz still seeking answers on his test. Buddy Thomas says that old-time baseball players were much tougher than the modern day variety.

Confidence is just oozing down in New York as the Yankees and their fans smell blood in the Red Sox waters. Check for all the coverage. (NY Newsday’s feeds broke when they re-designed their site last month, and they hasn’t fixed them yet.)

 The Globe notebook has David Ortiz not yet ready to speak on his test, and the players union not willing to make a legal fight to reveal his test. Tomase’s notebook says that Bay will be out for at least the first two games of the Yankees series. Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal has more on Ortiz’s quest for information.


Over on Patriots Daily, check out Jeremy Gottlieb’s  post on five Patriots with something to prove this season.

Mike Reiss has NFL Officials in camp yesterday in part to help explain what some are calling “the Tom Brady Rule.” Ian R. Rapoport talks to a few of the rookies as they settle into camp routine. Mark Farinella has Stephen Gostkowski settled in quite nicely as Adam Vinatieri’s replacement here.

Ben Collins has a look at ex-Nebraska star Terrence Nunn, who is opening eyes in camp by catching everything thrown his way. Shalise Manza Young has Nunn making quite an impression in the early going. Hector Longo gives us his impressions of the first week of training camp.

Brian MacPherson has Terrance Wheatley set to be a playmaker this season. Rapoport has Andrew Walter not looking back at his time in Oakland.  Andy Vogt has Walter getting a fresh start with the Patriots. Robert Lee has Darius Butler getting his NFL education at the hands of the Patriots receiving stars.

Jennifer Toland has Worcester resident and eighth grade math teacher Paul King Jr. entering his first season as an NFL official. Rapoport has more on the new rules for this season.

The Globe notebook has Andrew Walter not wishing to talk about his days with the Raiders. Vogt’s notebook has more on Nunn. Rapoport’s notebook has Belichick saying that many of those not practicing are close to returning. Farinella’s notebook has Walter going from the NFL’s outhouse to penthouse. Young’s Patriots journal has Walter grateful for a shot with the Patriots. Toland’s notebook has Walter happy to be with a winner.

Mark Murphy has Glen Davis expressing his frustration with the Celtics via Twitter.

Another Burn Notice Giveaway

Tonight is the Burn Notice Summer season finale. Leave a comment below and get entered for a chance to win the prize pack below. The contest is today only. I have to notify the agency of the winner tomorrow.

A dangerous man from Fiona‘s past resurfaces in Miami after years of hiding, with deadly intentions. Teaming up with Fiona’s ruthless brother, Michael will do whatever it takes to save her… even if that means crossing a few lines. Don’t miss the Burn Notice summer finale — “Long Way Back” — Thursday at 9/8C! Season 3 will continue with eight all new episodes beginning in January, 2010. Follow Burn Notice on Twitter, Become a Fan on Facebook and Visit the Official Website.

Enter To Win:

Burn Notice Season 1 & 2 DVD

Burn Notice Novel

Burn Notice T-Shirt

It’s a great show, and as I’ve pointed out before, the star, Jeffrey Donovan is an Amesbury native and huge Patriots Fan.

The winner of the season premiere gift pack was Shannon from Knoxville, TN.


143 thoughts on “Sox Again Blinded By Rays, Yankees Up Next

    1. I love Burn Notice and just as I am getting into it, they put it on hiatius until the beginning of the year! 😦 oh pooh!


  1. I love the show and as a former Massachusetts resident living in sunny Florida (like Michael, though a bit more north than Miami) it’d be wicked cool to win from a Boston site!


  2. No NESN in NC, so I don’t have to chose between Sox and Burn Notice Finale, Whew! Now Go SOX, Go Michael McBride AKA Michael Weston! Easy Peasy.


  3. Burn Notice finale tonight?! From the Sox fan down here in North Carolina…looking forward to it! You guys keep up the good work.


  4. With Burn Notice, each season is better than the last. The deceptively sophisticated mix of humor, drama, action, violence (only when necessary, of course) and romance (incl. Sam’s chat’s about romancing his “lady”, whch, on second thought, would probably fall under “humor”)are terrific.

    There’s not one weak character in the bunch, so well written and creative is the writing for the actors to embody.

    I really couldn’t even tell you a favorite character because all the lead characters: Michael, Sam, Fiona and Madeline, they each have something that makes them especially appealing in some unique way.

    Yes, I have fever, Burn Notice fever!

    I just enjoy the ride.


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