The Red Sox got to .500 on the season at 3-3 yesterday with an 8-6 win over the Kansas City Royals. This afternoon at 4:00, the Red Sox open up the new outdoor Target Field in Minneapolis as they take on the Twins.
The Bruins are set for a first round playoff matchup with the Buffalo Sabres, starting on Thursday night.
Had an early morning appointment today, so I’m running a bit tardy…here are your top sports stories from around New England:
Red Sox Reloaded – Game 6 (Sox 8, @KC 6) – Jon Couture brings you the coverage from yesterday’s win.
Five Things We Learned: How important is David Ortiz? – With the Red Sox DH now 2-18 on the season, Rob Bradford examines whether the Red Sox need to make a decision right now on Ortiz. He also looks at the bullpen, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Beltre and Clay Buchholz.
Varitek keeps game in perspective – Gordon Edes has the Red Sox catcher dealing with an ill father as he attempts to make the transition to being a backup player.
’Pen right play for Clay Buchholz – John Tomase says that when Daisuke Matsuzaka is ready to return, the right move for the Red Sox is to put Buchholz into the bullpen and keep Tim Wakefield in the starting rotation.
Pedroia flexes muscles early – Sean McAdam’s notebook ties of a number of other items.
Buffalo is the perfect opponent for Bruins – Joe Haggerty tells us why the Bruins are a good matchup for the Sabres.
Thomas shows he’s not done yet – Joe McDonald has Tim Thomas playing with something to prove in the regular season finale.
Pats are still kings of the draft – From yesterday, Jonathan Comey states that those who have been harshly critical of the Patriots drafts of the last few years are “either not really paying attention, misinformed, disingenuous or outright biased.”
Paul Pierce still likes Celtics’ chances – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics captain still optimistic that his club can put thing together in the postseason.
Ainge still has high hopes – Gary Washburn has the Celtics’ president of basketball operations also with high hopes for the playoffs.
Also see Chris Warner’s Q&A With Notre Dame OT Sam Young.
- Saturday night’s CSN teaming of Mike Gorman and Bill Raftery on the Celtics broadcast from Milwaukee was a treat that left viewers wishing for more. The pair had worked together in the past calling a lot of Big East college basketball.
- I wish NESN would tell me the actual starting times of the games in their promos, especially on the weekends, rather than just the time their pregame show starts. Give us both, please.
- Andy Gresh on 98.5 this morning, in saying that station colleague Michael Felger (or, “the DB in the afternoon” as he referred to him) is biased against the Patriots, stating that Felger was a suck-up for the first five years, then turned against the team when Tom Brady stopped talking to him.
Three popular Red Sox bloggers have combined forces to create the new “Talking Sox Show.” Jared Carrabis from SoxSpaceNews.com, Matt O’Donnell from FenwayWest.com and Craig Leger from 4SportBoston.comwill co-host a weekly audio show focusing on the Red Sox.
The “Talking Sox” show will take place on Sunday Nights at 10 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Pacific) and can be listened to online at 4SportBoston.com, FenwayWest.com and on Ustream. The shows will also be available as a podcast on iTunes and can be listened to on demand on Ustream.
Each episode will feature special guests who give insight into teams the Red Sox will be facing in the week ahead. Guests will include beat writers from the mainstream media as well as authors of popular blogs while occasionally checking in on the Red Sox minor league system. The show also features a live chat where the audience can ask questions for the hosts and the guest. Guests who have agreed to appear on future shows include Chad Finn of the Boston Globe, Sean McAdam of Comcast Sportsnet New England, Howard Sinker of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times, and Dan Hoard, radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox.