Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam last night, the eighth of his career, as the Red Sox beat the Indians 6-2at Fenway Park. Daisuke Matsuzaka went eight strong innings to improve to 8-3 on the season.

Earlier in the day, the Red Sox received official word that Kevin Youkilis will need thumb surgery and is lost for the season.

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The Red Sox head to New York for a weekend series with the Yankees which just might close the door on Boston’s playoff hopes. Or keep them alive for a bit longer.

2010 season on the brink, but hardly lost – Jon Couture says that rather than focusing on the Red Sox fading postseason chances, it might be better to just enjoy this team for what it is.

Gap Exists as Yankees, Red Sox Play Four – Dom Amore examines a few of the storylines for this weekend.

Youk’s injury the latest in ‘interesting ride’ – Lenny Megliola has more on the latest bit of bad news for the Red Sox.

A full plate of talent at the catcher position – Peter Abraham’s minor league notebook has the organization stocking up on catching talent.

Dice-K takes ‘must-win’ – The CSNNE notebook has a ton of tidbits.

Early returns on Pats’ young players – Mike Reiss has a look at the first and second year players and what roles they might have on the roster. Patriots Daily takes a peek at the second year guys.

Butler vies to capture corner for Pats – Rich Garven has the second year cornerback engaged in a competition with rookie Devin McCourty for the starting role.

Patriots finding safety in numbers – Shalise Manza Young looks at the four safeties battling for two starting roles.

Practice never gets old for veteran Taylor – Mark Farinella has Fred Taylor still enjoying coming to work each day.

Breaking down the Celtics – Mark Murphy has a look at the rebuilt Celtics roster.

Neumeier keeps channels open – Chad Finn’s media column chats with Bob Neumeier, who manages to somehow keep working on both sports radio stations in town.

 Shaq Will Be A Boon For Local Media – In my SB*Nation Boston media column, I’ve got a look at why the media should be dancing with joy at the news that Shaq is coming to Boston.