The Red Sox had a golden opportunity for a huge win last night, after knocking out Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, after 5 2/3 innings, scoring six runs off him in that span. Darnell McDonald finished off Jimenez with a two run homer that gave the Sox a 6-5. That score held until the bottom of the ninth, when Jonathan Papelbon first surrendered a game-tying home run to the first batter of the inning, Ian Stewart, then after giving up a single and a sacrifice bunt, Papelbon faced pinch-hitter Jason Giambi, who hit a two-run homer to give the Rockies a 8-6 win over the Red Sox.
Amalie Benjamin has a despondent Papelbon at a loss for words after the game. (Almost all the articles on this game start the same way.) Scott Lauber has the game recap in the Herald. Daniel Barbarisi has Papelbon undoing all the good work his teammates had done for nine innings. Sean McAdam has Papelbon reeling after the game from the events of the ninth.
Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox have a number of needs to be addressed, but whether they can fill them may come down to timing. Barbarisi has Rhode Island’s Chris Iannetta trying to prove himself again.
Michael Silverman has Josh Beckett looking to get completely healthy so that he can help the Red Sox when he does return. Jeremy Lundblad has the stats to show that the outfield instability is not hurting the Red Sox.
Gordon Edes looks at just eight pitches to wipe out the “glorious improbability of Ubaldo Jimenez, the best pitcher in the National League, being knocked around by a kid who plays like every day might be his last in the big leagues…” Silverman has Papelbon dealing with the two crushing blows he gave up last night.
Jessica Isner has Lars Anderson still focused on making it to the Majors. Lenny Megliola looks at Ryan Westmoreland as a miracle in the making. Brian MacPherson serves up a good Minor League Notebook.
Lauber’s notebook looks at the rare rally against Ubaldo Jimenez. Benjamin’s notebook has Ryan Westmoreland eager to resume his career. Barbarisi’s Red Sox Journal examines a sweet homecoming for McDonald. McAdam’s notebook has a pair of call-ups doing the most damage to Jimenez.
The Celtics begin the work of building their 2010-11 team tonight as the NBA draft is held. The Celtics currently have the 19th pick, and there are rumors of all kind out there, some that the Celtics want to move up, move down, or trade the pick for an established player. A. Sherrod Blakely has his mock draft, where he has the Celtics taking Kentucky C Daniel Orton at 19.
Scott Souza examines what the Celtics have in front of them at the moment. Howard Bryant says that Danny Ainge has performed offseason magic before, and it’s time to do it again. Mark Murphy notes some of the Celtics workouts this week, and how this pick tonight could easily become a fluid piece. Jeff Goodman says that Ainge’s drafting prowess will be tested tonight.
Acting as if he expects Ainge to keep the 19th pick, Gary Washburn says that the Celtics need to land a winner tonight. Peter May expects the team to trade the pick, hoping to land a veteran player to aid a final run for a title. Jim Fenton says that the Celtics will target immediate help. Even Buddy Thomas can see that this draft is a big one for the Celtics.
Steve Bulpett says that there a lot of people’s futures tied up in Doc Rivers’ decision to come back or not. Fenton revisits Ainge’s appearance on WEEI yesterday. Jessica Camerato looks back at all the Celtics draft picks of the last five years.
Kevin Paul Dupont has a feature on Taylor Hall, who it appears will be the top pick in tomorrow night’s NHL draft. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins appear poised to make Tyler Seguin their pick at #2. Joe McDonald says that both of these players appear to be the real deal. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins can deal from strength this offseason.
Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins will be making more moves. Rich Garven says that the Bruins future starts tomorrow. Loftus says that the Bruins may look at trades to close a new hole on defense opened by the trade of Dennis Wideman. Joe Haggerty agrees that the Bruins now need to look for offense on defense.
Bob Ryan has a thoughts column.
Ian R. Rapoport examines whether we can learn from history when it comes to Logan Mankins’ agent.
Bud Collins looks at the epic John Isner/Nicolas Mahut match at Wimbledon.
Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett will hold his fourth-annual Beckett Bowl on July 29. The event is presented by Foxwoods Resort Casino, and will be held at Lucky Strike Lanes in Boston.
The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a celebrity red carpet event. The celebrity bowling tournament will kick-off at 7:15 p.m. and festivities will conclude with a concert by country music sensation Jason Aldean at the Absolut Beckett Bowl Concert presented by MGM Grand at Foxwoods at the House of Blues Boston.
A limited number of tickets for both the bowling tournament and after party concert will be on sale through www.ticketmaster.com this Saturday, June 5th at 10 am. Tickets to attend the bowling event and concert are $250 and tickets for the concert only are $40. Fans can purchase a VIP concert ticket for $125 which includes a meet & greet with Jason Aldean and a reserved seat at the House of Blues.
Local companies and individuals are invited to sponsor four-person bowling teams for the event. Each team will be joined by a celebrity teammate and will compete for unique prize packages. For information on sponsoring a team, companies and individuals can call 617-338-2766 or visit www.beckettbowl.com.
Celtics’ Head Coach and Ultimate Escapes Member Doc Rivers is once again partnering with leading destination club Ultimate Escapes to host his 10th annual Celebrity Golf Invitational at the Reunion Resort and Club Wyndham Grand Resort in Orlando. Coach Rivers and Ultimate Escapes, Inc are teaming up to raise money for Shepherd’s Hope, a non-profit organization of volunteers that provides access to healthcare for the uninsured using an all-volunteer staff. The tournament will include a celebrity pairings party on the evening of July 22, in which each foursome will be paired with a participating celebrity, such as NBA basketball superstar Anthony “Spud” Webb and sportscaster Craig Sager. Past celebrity participants include NBA star Julius Erving, commonly known as Dr. J, founding member of The Commodores Thomas McClary, and NBA pro Bo Outlaw. The evening will also include the Ultimate Escapes auction and raffle, where attendees will have the chance to win a variety of luxury vacation experiences. The tournament will take place on the morning of July 23