Jon Lester and the Red Sox took a pounding last night at Fenway Park, falling 9-1 to the Indians. After it was stated and speculated all day that Jacoby Ellsbury would get booed in his return to the lineup, Ellsbury actually received a very strong ovation in his first at-bat. Sports talk rado, wrong again. Shocking, I know. After the game, I then heard the hosts on CSN dismiss the ovation as the doing of the “Pink Hats,” who still view Ellsbury as a matinee idol.
Indians crush Sox, 9-1 – Bill Ballou has the Red Sox playoff hopes taking a big hit.
Ellsbury leads off — and defends – Amalie Benjamin downplays the ovation received by Ellsbury and reports on his session with the media prior to the game.
Ups bring Red Sox down – John Tomase says that the Red Sox just can’t get any momentum going.
Running start for Pedroia? – Peter Abraham’s notebook looks at Pedroia making progress.
Brandon Spikes thrives on vision – Ian Rapoport has the rookie linebacker making an impression with his unique ability to read plays.
Pats should get after Aaron Schobel = Mike Reiss says that the release of the Buffalo DE gives the Patriots a chance to fill a hole.
Crumpler hopes to bring added dimension to Pats’ passing attack – Christopher Price has a look at the revamped Tight End spot for the Patriots.
Bill Belichick uses adversity – Rapoport’s notebook has the coach watching players deal with adversity as a gauge of character.
Quite an attraction in the center ring – Bob Ryan looks at the plus-minus/risk-reward of the Celtics signing Shaq.
Danny Ainge turns back the clock, looks for one more run – Steve Buckley has the Celtics GM putting the future on hold while trying to take one more shot.
For short cash, Celtics add a legend – Tim Weisberg looks at a “big” move by Danny Ainge.
Bruins add Doug Jarvis to coaching staff – Mike Loftus report on the Bruins newest assistant coach.