The Red Sox playoff hopes may be fading with each passing day, but Clay Buchholz continues to impress, and to make a strong case for himself as a Cy Young candidate. After a lengthy rain delay, the right hander threw six shutout innings in a 5-0Red Sox victory to lower his ERA to 2.26 and picked up his fifteenth win of the season to improve to 15-5 for the season. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
Molding Clay: How Buchholz went from bobblehead to ace in two years – Alex Speier looks at how Buchholz has evolved ever since he had to pitch on his own bobblehead night in Portland two years ago.
When he fired, Jays found it hard to deal with – Bob Ryan also chimes in on Buchholz, and just how good he’s been this season. (John Tomase, Christopher Smith and Joe Haggerty also weigh in on Buchholz. Jim Donaldson looks at the Cy Young Candidates.)
It was a turn for the best – Michael Vega has David Ortiz giving the Sox a spark by legging out a triple.
Dustin Pedroia, Michael Jordan connect – John Tomase with a pretty cool side story – Pedroia’s broken foot is the same bone that Jordan broke back in 1985. He called Pedroia recently to offer advice and encouragement.
Postseason equation not in Boston’s favor – Sean McAdam looks at the long odds facing the Red Sox.
Mike Lowell’s plan to retire after 2010 still a go – Scott Lauber’s notebook has Lowell still determined to call it a career after this season.
Taylor the best option in Patriots crowded backfield – Jonathan Comey looks at the running game, and some over-under forecasts on the season.
Questions still dangle at preseason midpoint – Tom E Curran says that there are still plenty of questions about this Patriots team.
Second season already off to shaky start, but Ron Brace hopes he can rise up to expectations – Robert Lee has the Boston College product looking to make up for a poor start to his career.
Video breakdown of the Patriots 28-10 win over the Falcons – Nick Underhill uses embedded video to look at seven less obvious plays from the game Thursday night.
Antoine Walker trying to learn from mistakes – Jessica Camerato has the former Celtics star looking to get his life and career back on track.
A few theories to chew on – Bill Simmons has an intriguing take on why Shaquille O’Neal may have wanted so badly to join the Celtics.