So wait, is this now the low point of the season for the Red Sox? Jonathan Papelbon allowed a three-run double in the eighth inning, wiping out a one-run lead and turning it into a 7-5 defeat for the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox maintained their two-game lead in the Wild Card chase however, as the Yankees defeated the Rays last night.

Et tu, Big Schill? – Gordon Edes has Curt Schilling believing that the Red Sox will finish out of the playoffs.

The last Red Sox standing finally fell – Rob Bradford has the even the Red Sox fail-safe finally giving in.

In these desperate times, it’s time to give Alfredo Aceves a spot in the Red Sox rotation – With just seven games left, could Alfredo Aceves really make a difference as a starter? Ron Chimelis thinks so.

For starters, Red Sox rotation at heart of swoon – Alex Speier notes that starting pitching has been at the heart of this collapse.

April rain brings pain for Red Sox – John Tomase points to the 0-6, 2-10 start to the season.

Buchholz takes the next step – The Globe notebook has a simulated inning from Clay Buchholz leaving observers optimistic. The Herald notebook from Dan Duggan has Terry Francona considering using Erik Bedard in the Yankees series rather than John Lackey. The Red Sox Journal reports on a pre-game visit from Ric Flair. The notes from Maureen Mullen have more on Buchholz.

Something missing on D-line – Greg A Bedard charted every play from Albert Haynesworth on Sunday and says that the production – and perhaps effort – wasn’t there.

Patriots’ pass defense is failing – Glen Farley says that it is very simple, when the opponents are passing, the Patriots are failing.

Patriots looking a bit like Jekyll and Hyde – Mark Farinella says that “it’s fashionable among the New England media to say the sky is falling because the unit has surrendered a lot of yards.” He says he’ll wait a few weeks before starting to panic.

Devin McCourty struggles second time around – Karen Guregian looks at the early season struggles of the Pro Bowl cornerback, a topic also explored by Christopher Price and Chris Forsberg.

Chad Ochocinco Shouldn’t Be Compared to Randy Moss and 19 Other Thoughts – Jeff Howe looks at why the situation is different for Ochocinco than it was for Moss.

Punting situation seems up in the air – Monique Walker’s notebook has the Patriots still uncertain about Zoltan Mesko’s status. The Patriots Journal has Bill Belichick talking about dealing with “fake injuries” from opponents. The Herald notebook from Karen Guregian has the team not thinking about their 15 game winning streak against the Bills.


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