Was yesterday afternoon’s doubleheader opener the low point for the Red Sox? We can only hope.

The Orioles took the first game 6-5, and the Red Sox hung on through another awful John Lackey start to win the nightcap 18-9.  The second game was highlighted by a Jacoby Ellsbury inside-the-park home run, and a grand slam from Conor Jackson, both in the same inning. (Is it just me, or does every time Don Orsillo say “Conor Jackson” does it sound like “Hunter Jackson?”)

Red Sox back where they started – Gordon Edes notes that 10 hours of baseball at Fenway didn’t resolve much for the Red Sox.

It was day and night for Red Sox – Mike Fine says that extremes were on display for the Red Sox yesterday.

As season nears end, Red Sox pitching remains an exercise in the unknown – Alex Speier has the Red Sox uncertain of their next move with Alfredo Aceves. Michael Whitmer has David Ortiz saying the Aceves should be starting.

His pitchers decision: They shouldn’t win MVP award – Bob Ryan thinks we should make things simple, and not include pitchers in the MVP voting.

Home run, but no trot for Jacoby Ellsbury – Dan Duggan’s Herald notebook has the centerfielder talking about his inside-the-park home run. The Globe notebook from Nick Cafardo reports on Carl Crawford sitting out both games with a sore neck. The Red Sox Journal says that Crawford’s absence was felt yesterday. The CSNNE.com notebook from Maureen Mullen has John Lackey talking about his struggles.

Making The Grades – Chargers at Patriots – Tuesday means Patriots report cards are in, Jeremy Gottlieb on Patriots Daily leads us off. More cards from: Ron Borges | ESPN Boston | Kirk Minihane | Jeff Howe | Boston.com |Steve Grogan

Taking out Gates was vintage Belichick – Tedy Bruschi says that Sunday was a Bill Belichick trademark defensive plan.

17 Patriots thoughts in 34 lines – Tom E Curran weighs in on every possible Patriots angle.

Inside the numbers: Pats’ offense succeeding because of the little things – Christopher Price says that it is probably OK to be in awe of the Patriots offense after two weeks. Chris Forsberg says that even without Aaron Hernandez this week, the offense should be able to produce at a high level.

Bend But Try Not to Break More than Three-Four Times a Game – Michael Gee with a short screed on judging the Patriots defense by the number of yards they’re giving up.

Group effort pays off – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots focused on turnovers heading in the Chargers game and also looks at the results.

Brady airs a grievance – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has the Patriots QB saying that his good friend Tedy Bruschi doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about when it comes to Chad Ochocinco. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has more on Hernandez’s injury. The Patriots Journal says that the defense still has a long way to go. The Gatehouse notebook from Glen Farley says that the Patriots might need more from the second Gronkowski this weekend.

Champs can count on kid – Steve Conoy has Tyler Seguin looking make a giant leap in his second season.

Young leaders ready to step up for B’s – James Murphy has some of the younger Bruins looking to step into the role vacated by Mark Recchi.

Boston Bruins move into more competitive phase of training camp – Mike Loftus has camp getting serious for the Bruins.

Jordan Caron Poised to Continue Tradition of Impact Rookies Making Bruins Roster Out of Camp – Douglas Flynn has a look at another young Bruin.


5 thoughts on “Sox Manage One Against Orioles

  1. Michael Gee understands that looking at just points is as faulty as looking at just yards, right? It's the situations here that matter. Neither measure provides a clean representation. And it isn't PROBABLY better than average that they're allowing 22.5 points per game. It is average right now. They're 15th. Last year it would have ranked 19th (it took 11 seconds to look that up. Why speculate when you don't have to?).

    They're also second-worst in the NFL with 479 yards allowed per game.

    I don't think the defense is terrible. It's not. But it isn't good, either.


  2. I agree completely with Michael Gee's column. The NFL has changed the way defense will be played for player safety reasons. As such get used to track meets and no running games because the days of being able to intimidate the receiver are gone. Safeties can no longer exact a penalty by big hitting a receiver as he works the middle of the field. Its a different game and we are going to have to wait and see what the new norm is. Tom Brady is on pace for 7000+ yards. I doubt he will get there because eventually fall will hit NE but I don't think 6000 is crazy. Cam Newton as a rookie might throw for 5000 down in Carolina.

    We are going to be looking at timely holds…if the Pats can hold once…they have an advantage because they score on an extra possession. It is going to be interesting to see how defenses adapt to the new rules.


  3. Comical that Manza-Young's notebook is gossipy, stir the pot crap while Rappaport and Reiss continue to dominate football coverage.


  4. Who was the member of SOSH that ripped my column in August that said the Sox were coasting? They were right, I was wrong. They weren't coasting, they have had a collapse of Biblical Proportions.


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