For the first three games of the season, it was the pitching that did in the Red Sox, as they were battered by the Texas Rangers lineup. Last night in Cleveland, the Red Sox got decent pitching, but couldn’t hit, and dropped their fourth straight game to begin season, losing 3-1 to the Indians. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
The 0-4 start has caused the predictable uproar, which is not aided by such silly tweets like this one
And blog posts like this one – Is the season over already for Red Sox?
The substance of that Tweet was repeated by most of the reporters on the Red Sox beat at some point. These are the professional writers. Not reactionary fanboy bloggers (and I mean that in the nicest way possible).
Almost all teams have four (or even five) game losing streaks. Most just don’t happen at the start of the season. The Sox hopes for their first win now rest with Daisuke Matsuzaka.
As players press, offense stalls – Sean McAdam has the Sox offense pressing, and getting out of the patient style they normally approach at-bats with.
Not enough of an effort – John Tomase says that Josh Beckett’s performance (5 innings, 3 runs) was not acceptable.
Red Sox in search of their swagger (and a win – Rob Bradford has the Sox in need of a boost.
Top prospect Iglesias discovering his comfort zone – Tim Britton has the phenom shortstop feeling comfortable at AAA Pawtucket.
Kalish eager to develop down at Pawtucket – Maureen Mullen has the outfielder looking to keep improving his game.
Carl Crawford out of order – Scott Lauber’s notebook in the Herald has the outfielder with another hitless night. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has Beckett unable to pick up his teammates. The CSNNE notes from Sean McAdam have the Indians working Beckett hard.
Starting to come together – Paul Flannery has the Celtics as a team, and specifically the bench, starting to put things together.
Green’s energy lights way – Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics last night getting the kind of all-around game they’ve been seeking from Jeff Green since they acquired him.
O’Neal enjoys a fresh start – The Globe notebook has Jermaine O’Neal looking good last night, and ready to take on more minutes. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Green blossoming last night. The MetroWest notes from Scott Souza have Krstic adjusting to coming off the bench. The CSNNE.com notes have more on Green accepting a challenge from Doc Rivers.
This ‘contributor’ was at the heart of Celtics Pride – Joe Fitzgerald says that Satch Sanders was what being a champion is all about.
It was odd and sad to see Peter King complaining about the election of Sanders to the Hall of Fame, and even odder to see him complain about “16 Celtics in 24 years” being elected. I’m still trying to figure out which 24 year period he is talking about. If it is the last 24 years, that list includes at least seven players who played most of their career elsewhere, like Dominique Wilkins, Pete Maravich and Dave Bing. He has no problem though, with 13 Steelers being elected in 15 years though.
No dispute: Today is key to labor fight – Greg A Bedard says that today’s hearing is critical to the NFL’s future.
Bill Belichick Could Trade Up to Land Top-10 Pick and 19 Other Patriots Thoughts – Jeff Howe with some draft thoughts.
Lucic, Krejci and Horton head for playoffs as Boston Bruins’ top line – Mike Loftus says that this line is the key to the Bruins playoff success.
Setting things right – Mark Farinella wants to rule the world, and in that world, Joe Castiglione would no longer be able to register disappointment in the Red Sox when a rally fails.
Taking a shot in the dark – Brendan Hall on ESPNBoston has the story of a kid from Catholic Memorial High School who is going to shoot hoops for 24 hours straight on Saturday to raise money for brain cancer research.
With the Bruins and Red Sox both in action tonight, the Red Sox are being pushed over to NESN Plus tonight. Check this NESN webpage for NESN Plus on your TV system.
Here’s a peek at a new ESPN documentary – The Brady 6:
The Brady 6
It’s hard to believe that Tom Brady, a three-time Super Bowl champion, was ever considered an underdog. Yet in the 2000 NFL Draft, six other quarterbacks came off the board before Brady’s name was called at number 199 in the sixth round. ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback and NFL Films tell the story of how a future MVP came to be so wrongly misjudged during his quest to make it to the NFL—and what ever happened to the six quarterbacks taken ahead of him. The hour-long documentary The Brady 6 airs Tuesday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN