First of all, if you haven’t seen Ken Fang’s post on the April ratings numbers – definitely check it out-
I haven’t verified these numbers personally, but if true, they’re mindroasting.
On another note, congratulations to Rob Bradford and company as WEEI.com took home the major market radio station web site of the year award in last night’s Radio Ink Digital Awards. This was for all radio stations, not just sports, and WEEI.com beat out a Washington D.C. all-news station and a Philadelphia hip-hop station for the award.
The Red Sox and Tigers battled the elements and each other last night, with the Red Sox coming away with a 1-0 win amidst the soaking rain and fog. Jarrod Saltalamacchia broke the scoreless tie with a two-out double off the wall in the eighth, which scored Carl Crawford from first base.
Clay Buchholz gives Red Sox staff a boost – Mike Fine has the starter giving the Red Sox seven shutout innings (career high 127 pitches) but ending up with a no-decision.
Sox count on Big Three for now – Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox will be leaning on their own big three of Lester, Beckett and Buchholz to anchor their rotation.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s coming around – John Tomase says don’t look now, but thecatcherwiththelongname has been playing very well as of late. Maureen Mullen has “Salty” coming up with the big hit last night.
Matsuzaka may miss a month – Michael Vega’s notebook has tests coming back worse than expected for the Japanese righty. The Herald notebook from Michael Silverman says that no surgery is planned for Matsuzaka. The Red Sox Journal says that it might be a long time before we see Matsuzaka again. The CSNNE notes look at a long night for Buchholz. The Patriot Ledger notebook from Mike Fine looks at the Martinez reunion.
The Red Sox still have another game with the Tigers tonight, but Dan Shaughnessy has already broken out his Chicago/Boston breakdown for the Cubs series, calling the franchises “Twins.” Pass.
Tuning In: Tyler Seguin’s sudden stardom awes Bruins radio analyst Bob Beers – Bill Doyle’s Thursday media column has a chat with Beers about the emergence of Seguin. Joe Haggerty says that the rookie has found chemistry with Michael Ryder.
B’s prepare to shuffle lineup – With Patrice Bergeron possibly returning tonight, Joe McDonald says that the Bruins have some lineup changes to make. Mick Colageo says that it will be a tough choice for Claude Julien.
Bruins finally find life on the power play – Haggerty’s notes have the Bruins finally making progress on their power play. The Herald notebook from Steve Conroy has Bergeron making the trip to Tampa with the team. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has Seguin finding his place on the team.
Retooling won’t be an easy fix – Julian Benbow says that the Celtics will have some very tough decisions to make this offseason.