The Red Sox lost to the Athletics 4-2 Wednesday night at Fenway Park. It was their second straight loss, as Oakland took two of the three games in the midweek series. It was a big news afternoon for the team, as a few moves/decisions were made. Kevin Youkilis was put on the 15-day disabled list, and Will Middlebrooks was called up to replace him. Middlebrooks started his first major league game, and collected his first two hits. It was also announced that Aaron Cook was called up from Pawtucket and will pitch Saturday since Josh Beckett is battling tightness in his right lat. Beckett will only miss the one start.
His prospects are good– Nick Cafardo says that this is a prime opportunity for Middlebrooks to showcase his talent.
Will Middlebrooks delivers two hits in debut– John Tomase looks at Middlebrooks’ big league debut.
Middlebrooks arrives in Boston ahead of schedule– Tim Britton says Youkilis’ injury has given Middlebrooks his chance sooner than most people thought.
Sox’ luck going, Gonzo– Scott Lauber has Adrian Gonzalez taking the blame for the loss.
For Adrian Gonzalez, a boiling point, and perhaps some promise– Mike Petraglia has Gonzalez being frustrated after going hitless in his last 17 at bats, but notes Gonzalez has shown he can get out of slumps quickly and make them a thing of the past.
In other news, the Celtics and Hawks are off again today as Game 3 is not until Friday night, and former NFL star linebacker Junior Seau died Wednesday afternoon from a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Bass needs to return to double-digit scoring form– A. Sherrod Blakely says Brandon Bass needs to step up his game to help the Celtics get by the Hawks.
Celtics in great shape … if they focus– Steve Bulpett says the Celtics should win this series as long as they don’t lose their focus.
Celtics bench difference in Game 2– Mark Murphy has the Celtics bench stepping up in Game 2 in the absence of the suspended Rajon Rondo.
Pierce may be one of the highest five– Dan Shaughnessy says Paul Pierce deserves serious consideration for being one of the top-five Celtics players of all-time.
In praise of Tommy Heinsohn– Kirk Minihane looks at the legendary Celtics color commentator for the first two games of the Celtics-Hawks series.
Remembering Junior Seau, Patriot– Chad Finn remembers Junior Seau, who died Wednesday afternoon.
Seau was a transcendent Patriot– Tom E. Curran takes a look at what Seau meant to the Patriots during his time with the team.
In New England Junior Seau was one of a kind, both on and off the field– Christopher Price shares the memories he has from covering Seau.
Another life cut short by an unforgiving game– Ron Borges has how Seau is not the first former NFL player to die at a young age.