The Red Sox free fall continues. Hopefully we’re not seeing a repeat of 2006 here.
John Smoltz scuffled his way through the first few innings before it all fell apart in the fourth inning, when the Yankees scored eight times on their way to a 13-6 romp over the Red Sox in the new Yankee Stadium.
Amalie Benjamin has Smoltz humbled and even embarrassed by his performance last night. Michael Silverman has Smoltz running out of time. Daniel Barbarisi has a nightmarish fourth inning doing in Smoltz. Dom Amore has that eight run fourth boosting the Yankees. Jason Dachman has the streak stopping at eight for the Red Sox over the Yankees.
Dan Shaughnessy has the Sox sinking like a stone in the AL East.
Adam Kilgore has David Ortiz facing the music in New York while he prepares to speak tomorrow. Steve Buckley says that there was nowhere for Papi to hide in New York. Silverman says Ortiz and Union exec Michael Weiner will talk publicly tomorrow about Ortiz’s situation. Barbarisi notes that Ortiz was the subject of intense attention yesterday. Joe Haggerty has Johnny Damon convinced that Ortiz didn’t know he was on the list, or what he tested positive for.
Sean McAdam says that the time has come to pull the plug on the John Smoltz project. Nick Cafardo has Smoltz going back to the drawing board. Barbarisi says that the Red Sox face a decision on what to do with Smoltz. Jeff Jacobs has seen enough of Smoltz.
Tony Massarotti has the Red Sox with more questions at shortstop after Jed Lowrie felt numbness in his left hand last night. Buckley notes the description was an irritated left forearm that took Lowrie out and leaves the Sox short on options.McAdam has Casey Kotchman making some noise in his first start with the Sox. Brian MacPherson wonders if Pedro Martinez might be what the Red Sox need in their rotation.
Kilgore’s Minor League Notebook has a look at Ryan Westmoreland, who was mentioned in trade talks at the deadline.
Benjamin’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis playing left field for the first time since 2006. Silverman’s notebook has Jason Bay’s hamstring forcing Rocco Baldelli to the DL. Yeah, you read that right. Barbarisi has more on the Outfield shuffle in his notebook. Amore’s notebook has a look at the latest injuries to strike the Sox.
Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots trading for Oakland defense end Derrick Burgess, who projects as an outside linebacker for the Patriots to shore up a corps that has looked “callow and shallow.” Ian R. Rapoport has Burgess finally filling the hole vacated by the trade of Mike Vrabel. Christopher Price examines the Burgess deal in more detail. Shalise Manza Young has more on the deal for Burgess. Glen Farley has the Patriots hoping Burgess can help create a pass rush from the outside.
Ron Borges says that Eli Manning’s new deal will impact the Patriots.
Rapoport has a look at Nick Caserio who met with the press yesterday. Andy Vogt says that Caserio is a key cog for the Patriots on and off the field. Borges has a look at what Paris Lenon might be able to do for the Patriots. Glen Farley notes the Lenon is one of the few XFL alum playing in the NFL. Jennifer Toland has rookie Pat Chung soaking up NFL life. Andy Reid has Brandon Meriweather knowing that it is his time to step up.
Gasper’s notebook has Jerod Mayo being named a preseason captain. Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots keeping discussions open with Vince Wilfork’s agent. Young’s Patriots Journal notes that Caserio is comfortable both on the field and in the office. Toland’s notebook has Caserio enjoying double duty.
Chad Finn looks at the latest moves by WEEI and WBZ-FM as the latest sports radio war gets closer.
Dan Darcy has Cedric Maxwell liking the Celtics chances this coming season. Frank Dell’Apa reports that Celtics assistant general manager Dave Wohl appears headed to Minnesota. Mark Murphy has Glen Davis claiming that there is a Twitter impostor posting the items that Murphy reported yesterday.