With the score tied at 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon gave up a home run to Curtis Granderson in the tenth inning, and the Yankees tacked on another run in the inning as Red Sox fell to the New York Yankees 3-1at Fenway Park.
David Ortiz drove in the Red Sox only run with a third inning single, but the vultures are still circling around Big Papi. We’ll try to avoid the terrible stuff, and give you a couple more reasoned takes on Ortiz. Papelbon has also joined the ranks of media “worries” on the Red Sox.
The Celtics pulled one out in Toronto last night, beating the Raptors 115-104. Michael Finley scored 14 points in the second half, including four three-pointers to help the Celtics to the win.
Good start (for Lackey), bad finish (for Papelbon) – Sean McAdam has the good and the bad, but leaves out the ugly. (he must not have seen Steven Tyler and Peter Wolf on the NESN broadcast promoting the concert at Fenway this summer.)
All we’re saying is give Papi a chance – Chad Finn’s mind is spinning at a certain element of Sox fans’ mindset when it comes to David Ortiz.
An Ortiz Treatise: Red Sox Game 3 (NYY, 3-1 / 10) Reloaded – Jon Couture has the wrapup from last night, and wonders where, when we’re talking about something like David Ortiz’s “slow start,” the actual handwringing ends and the presumed handwringing begins. As Couture observes, the Boston Herald seems to have abandoned the traditional “game story” for something similiar to what he’s been doing for the last two seasons.
Ace mixed on deal – Peter Abraham has CC Sabathia talking about former teammate Mike Cameron, and how much he can bring to the Red Sox. Sabathia is also close friends with Bill Hall and Victor Martinez.
Five Things We Learned: What to make of these Red Sox, Yankees – Rob Bradford looks at what we know know about these two teams after the first series of the season.
The good and bad from Yankees series – Gordon Edes tops Bradford with six items from this series.
Curtis Granderson can’t join ’em, so he beat ’em – The Herald notebook reports that the Red Sox and Tigers had some had some very preliminary discussions about a trade last offseason that would’ve had Granderson playing for the Red Sox last night.
Lackey puts a nice spin on new rotation – The Globe notebook has John Lackey looking good in his first start with the Red Sox.
Finley and Allen carry the Celtics to victory – Rich Levine has Finley and Ray Allen keying a fourth quarter run that led to the win for Boston.
The Three-Pointer: A needed win – Paul Flannery has the Celtics getting a much-needed victory despite not always playing like it.
Smoke and mirrors – Bill Simmons (and his dad) blast Rasheed Wallace and the Celtics. They deserve it. Simmons was right about Rasheed right from the start.
Perkins believes it’s in their heads – Gary Washburn’s notebook has the Celtics center saying that the team’s problems are all mental.
Bruins’ playoff bid tested by loss of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg. – Mike Loftus has the Bruins suffering a big setback with the loss of Seidenberg.
Bruins can’t ask much more from Recchi – Matt Kalman looks at how much the 42-year-old has meant to the Bruins.
Eagles’ Steve Donahue hits recruiting trail – Dan Duggan has the new coach hitting the ground running.
A couple other items:
Chris Warner has a Q&A With Central Michigan University WR Antonio Brown over on Patriots Daily this morning.
Pete Sheppard may net ‘Sports Hub’ gig – Jessica Heslam has the former WEEI afternoon flash guy hoping for a gig at 98.5FM.
The question is, where would Sheppard fit in at 98.5? At the moment there doesn’t seem to be a spot during weekdays for him, although perhaps Andy Gresh is just a temporary fill-in beside Scott Zolak. Coule the show end up being Sheppard and Zolak? I can picture Sheppard being involved with the Patriots programming as the year goes on, otherwise, does he become the “swing host” that Gresh was originally hired to become, and take on a weekend show as well?
A commenter mentioned this the other day, and I have to admit that I’ve had the same thought in recent weeks, and it is that The Big Show on WEEI has not been the same without Sheppard. I’ll admit to having a hard time believing it myself, but the show really isn’t the same. I can’t say I was a huge fan of Sheppard on The Big Show, but it’s definitely different without him. Pete brought a bit of an edge, some passion, emotion, which is totally non-existant these days on the program.
With a regular rotation of low-tier talent like Butch Stearns, Steve Burton and Larry Johnson making regular appearances alongside Glenn Ordway, I find myself doing a lot of jumping between WEEI and 98.5’s Felger & Massarotti – depending on the topic. Ironically, each show is awful at talking about the teams that their station broadcasts. I can’t listen to Red Sox talk on the Big Show unless someone like Sean McAdam or Rob Bradford is on, and there’s no way I’m listening to Felger and Massarotti talking about the Patriots.
Bob Ekstrom’s Week Log will be off this week, but will return next Thursday.