Stepping in for the injured Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell hit a home run on the first pitch he saw last night, and it was enough for Josh Beckett who cruised through the Indians lineup in a 3-1 win at Fenway Park. The game feature a bench-clearing confrontation after batters from both sides were thrown at.
Nearly a Yankee, Lowell delivers unlikely impact for Sox – Alex Speier looks at Lowell giving the Red Sox a big boost last night.
Fiery Josh Beckett stays hot – Dan Duggan has a vintage Beckett performance on display last night.
The Red Sox have nobody to blame but themselves for the Jacoby Ellsbury fiasco – Scott Coen says the Red Sox need to point the finger at themselves here.
Sox finally get their catcher – Christopher Smith has the Sox finally getting their hands on Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
These three offerings are good, in my book – Bob Ryan recommends three sports books, including one on @oldhossradbourn
Kevin Youkilis’ status up in air – Scott Lauber’s notebook reports on Youkilis’ injury.
Celts close to agreement with Shaq – A. Sherrod Blakely was the first with the news that Shaquille O’Neal and the Celtics would be teaming up this season.
Shaquille O’Neal, Celtics a good match – Chris Forsberg tells us why this is a good move.
Jermaine to the Pats’ cause at linebacker – Andy Vogt has a look at the Patriots rookie outside linebacker.
Patriots pondering life without Burgess, Mankins – Christopher Price looks at what the Patriots are doing to compensate for a pair of missing veterans.
Kyle Arrington Succeeding in Tough, Thankless Job As Gunner – Jeff Howe talks to the special teams ace.
Zoltan Mesko in Stephen Gostkowski’s footsteps – Karen Guregian has the rookie punter trying to learn his way through training camp.
What is the media’s beef with the Patriots? – I thought I was the only nutjob who felt this way?
On the flipside. Check out Albert Breer’s take on the Jets today:
This year, the cracks about the Jets being a sideshow — they did invite HBO to camp, after all — may not be gone. But it’s almost impossible to get around the fact that this team is absolutely, positively loaded.
Lets face it Bro, this team is stacked. They’re a wagon!
Revis’s game of stay-away, part of a contract dispute, doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. It is, though, an example of how the things a rising team has to go through change as it evolves.
So when the Patriots have a holdout, they’re cheap, but somehow when the Jets have a holdout, it can be spun in a positive somehow? This is what great teams have to go through…
Scott then pointed to 2009 again, saying the expectations internally were every bit as high then, and Ryan was yapping about it, and all the Jets did was make him look like Nostradamus until late January.
He sure didn’t look like Nostradamus (and Scott actually said Socrates – or did he compare his coach to both?) when he was apologizing to the fans for (so he thought) missing the playoffs.
It’s interesting to me how its perfectly fine to lavish over-the-top praise on a team outside of the market, but if you do that to the local team, (even if they deserve it) somehow you’re a homer.
Gee, I can hardly wait until Breer hits Porpoise camp.