Thanks to strong pitching from Jon Lester, Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon, the Red Sox managed to hold off the New York Yankees yesterday afternoon 2-1to earn a split of their four game series. The Sox are still 4.5 games behind Tampa for the Wild Card playoff spot.

The Patriots are practicing with the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints today in preparation for Thursday night’s preseason opener.

Shaquille O’Neal will meet with the Boston media this morning in what is sure to be an entertaining session. CSNNE (and NECN) will carry the press conference live, and it is expected that Gary Tanguay will have a one-on-one interview with O’Neal at some point during the telecast.

Don’t close book on Red Sox yet – Gordon Edes says that yesterday’s win shows that the Sox aren’t ready to pack it in just yet.

Lowered, but finally rising – Peter Abraham has a lineup move getting Jacoby Ellsbury finally on track.

An inning, and player, the Red Sox couldn’t do without – Rob Bradford looks at why Daniel Bard might be the most important player on the Red Sox roster.

Papelbon punches up performance – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has the Sox closer at his best yesterday.

Picking the best tidbits from Pats’ media guide – Jonathan Comey’s NFL Blitz leads off with some nuggets on the Patriots.

Ty Warren injury adds to Pats’ woes – Mike Reiss looks at a banged-up Patriots training camp led by a hip injury to the starting D-Lineman.

Vollmer looks to build on memorable rookie year – Christopher Price has the massive offensive lineman glad to have his rookie season behind him.

Secondary can learn vs. Saints – Ian Rapoport says that the Patriots secondary will hope for better success against the Saints offense this time around.

Connolly is Plan C for the Pats at left guard – Glen Farley has the Patriots moving down the depth chart in search of a replacement for Logan Mankins.

Battle For Marco Sturm’s Roster Spot Highlights Bruins’ Training Camp Position Battles – Douglas Flynn looks at some of the jobs up for grabs on the Bruins roster.