Josh Beckett struggled last night, giving up seven runs in just five and a third innings last night, but the Red Sox offense bailed him out, scoring 10 times in a 10-9 Red Sox win. The win, coupled with a Texas loss, moved the Red Sox back into a tie for the wild card.
Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox coming through in a “must-win” situation. John Tomase says that the Red Sox are at the point of the season where nothing comes easy. Joe McDonald has the Sox covering Beckett’s back last night. Rob Bradford has David Ortiz giving a reminder of what he is capable of.
Adam Kilgore says that not having Jason Varitek or John Farrell really threw Beckett of his game last night. Steve Buckley has the Red Sox grinding through to this win. McDonald says that perseverance paid off for the Red Sox last night. McAdam has John Smoltz leaving without any hard feelings towards the Red Sox. Buckley says that a decision should be coming soon on Tim Wakefield and his ailing back.
Joe Fitzgerald has a look at Carl Yastrzemski, who turns 70 years old on Saturday.
Benjamin’s notebook has Tim Wakefield meeting with and working out for the Red Sox training staff. Tomase’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis expressing no regrets for charging the mound and getting suspended. McDonald’s Red Sox Journal has Wakefield likely to get another start for the PawSox.
Christopher L. Gasper has Laurence Maroney just looking for a fair chance to show that he’s healthy and can play. Ian R. Rapoport has Maroney taking criticism of his game in style. Glen Farley has Maroney admitting that he felt a little rusty against the Eagles.
Karen Guregian says that while Randy Moss may not be speaking to the media, watching him at Patriots practice and hearing his teammates speak about him speaks volumes. Paul Kenyon has Tank Williams hoping to be part of the Patriots this season, but also thinking about life after football. Andy Vogt has Tully Banta-Cain trying to nail down a role on defense.
Christopher Price takes a deeper look at the 4-3 defense. Guregian has Richard Seymour talking about the 4-3 defensive front. Mark Farinella says that it has been a preseason of change for Seymour. Jeff Howe looks at the unclear status of Wes Welker. Jennifer Toland has Welker eager to get back in action. Farley has Belichick giving the team a break from the heat.
Jonathan Comey takes the rare stance of defending Brett Favre. Hector Longo wishes that Favre had the good sense to call it quits, like Drew Bledsoe did. Steve Adams looks at training camp from the fan perspective.
Gasper’s notebook has Wes Welker returning to practice, but his status for Thursday is still uncertain. Rapoport’s notebook has the Patriots wrapping up their most grueling part of training camp. Kenyon’s Patriots Journal has Belichick talking about Jim Nance and Billy Sullivan. Vogt’s notebook has the dog days of summer coming to an end for the Patriots. Farinella’s notebook says that it has been an ankle injury slowing Welker. Toland’s notebook says that the camp part might be done, but the work isn’t.