Entrusted with a 3-0 lead to start the ninth inning, Jonathan Papelbon gave up a two-run homer to Jose Bautista and then with Edwin Encarnacion on second, gave up a single to Sox-killer John McDonald. Encarnacion rounded third and a arrived at the plate seemingly just before the throw from Darnell McDonald arrived to Jason Varitek, who was blocking the plate. Encarnacion was called out, giving the Red Sox a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
The larger concern following the game was the health of Jon Lester, who was forced to leave the game after four no-hit innings with a strained left latissimus.
What Jon Lester’s injury means for the Red Sox – Alex Speier examines what the injury to Lester means for the Red Sox in the short term. More on Lester and the game from Gordon Edes | Dan Duggan | Ron Chimelis | Peter Abraham | Danny Picard
Participants replay final out – John Tomase has McDonald, Varitek and Blue Jays manager John Farrell talking about the game-ending play at the plate. Monique Walker has McDonald talking about his throw to the plate. Tony Lee has more on the play.
Smart money’s on Jacoby Ellsbury – Tomase suggests the Red Sox should consider locking up Ellsbury to a Carl Crawford-like contract.
Boston Braves of 1914 pulled a ‘Rabbit’ out of their cap for a miracle season – Garry Brown looks back at the “Miracle Braves” and how two players with Western Massachusetts ties played a huge role in their rally.
Ineffective Cameron finds home with Marlins – Tim Britton’s notebook has the Red Sox getting the Marlins to take Mike Cameron off their hands. The Globe Red Sox notebook from Abraham has more on the trade. The Herald notebook from Duggan has the bullpen again getting it done for the Sox after an early exit from the starter. The CSNNE.com notes have McDonald and Varitek connecting up on the final play. The Telegram notes from Bill Ballou have more on Lester.
Bruins had free-agent foresight – Joe Haggerty notes that signing Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara to extensions last summer has made Peter Chiarelli look very smart this summer. (This was another point that Mike Felger (incorrectly)railed on all season long – that the Bruins should’ve waited to re-sign those two.)
While spenders make flashy moves, Bruins continue to play it safe – DJ Bean looks at the Bruins continuing their conservative offseason, allowing Tomas Kaberle to sign with the Hurricanes and then trading with Carolina for a replacement defenseman, Joe Corvo.
Joe Corvo’s Differences From Tomas Kaberle May Make Him a Better Fit on Bruins’ Blue Line – Douglas Flynn looks at why Corvo might be a better fit for the Bruins.
Corvo, who pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman in a Boston bar back in 2002, was a topic of conversation on the Felger and Mazz (minus Mazz) show yesterday afternoon. Felger walked gingerly around the suggestion that the incident involving Corvo was not exactly as reported.
The NH Union Leader reports
While at the Trio Restaurant that day, prosecutors said Corvo grabbed a 34-year-old woman’s buttocks. Staff members at the restaurant told Corvo to leave and he did. But Corvo returned, allegedly punched the woman and then kicked her when she fell to the ground.
The woman was later treated at Massachusetts General Hospital for bruises and swelling on her face.
Nearly a year later in 2003 as a rookie defenseman with the Los Angeles Kings, Corvo pleaded guilty to a felony count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon — his foot — and one misdemeanor count of simple assault and battery.
Felger had people hinting to him that the woman in the incident was…well, not a woman. He suggested that this could be why Corvo seemingly got off so easy on what looks to be a very serious incident, and noted that the NHL only suspended him for three games.
It was a rather weird, uncomfortable discussion all around – and even Felger seemed a little uncomfortable with the idea.
Looking past the lockout – Ian R. Rapoport and Karen Guregian examine the Patriots roster as we presumably prepare for free agency later this month.