The Red Sox were seeking their fifth straight win Wednesday night at Fenway Park, but it was not meant to be as starter Aaron Cook got knocked around for the third straight outing and the team fell 7-5. Cook went 4 2/3 innings allowing six runs on nine hits. He allowed back-to-back home runs to Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder in the fourth, which gave the Tigers a 6-1 lead at the time.
Before the game the team announced Daniel Nava will be placed on the 15-day DL with sore wrists, and Ryan Lavarnway was recalled from Pawtucket. Reliever Craig Breslow arrived from the West Coast and Clayton Mortensen was sent back down to Pawtucket to make room for the lefty specialist.
The Patriots held their annual season ticket holder practice inside Gillette Stadium Wednesday night. It was a spirited practice which saw the offense and defense going after one another following a scrum between Brandon Spikes and Nate Solder. To me it isn’t a big deal, rather it shows how intense all of the players are and how they cannot wait to hit someone on another team.
To no one’s surprise, Scott Zolak will be taking over for Gino Cappelletti in the Patriots radio booth this season working along side Gil Santos. A formal announcement from 98.5 should be coming soon.
Word is, time to get series– Michael Silverman says all the Red Sox need to do is keep winning series’, and they will be right in the thick of the Wild Card race.
Sox make it interesting by racking up wins– Joe Haggerty has the Red Sox making this interesting of late by winning games and series’.
Red Sox rotation still unsettled– Joe McDonald says the Red Sox front office believed in their rotation by not trading for a starter at the trade deadline, but with Beckett getting injured and Cook struggling again things aren’t looking so positive.
A catching conundrum: Red Sox have decisions to make behind the plate– Alex Speier looks at the situation the Red Sox have at catcher with three catchers on their roster after Ryan Lavarnway was called up on Wednesday.
Craig Breslow overcomes hectic travel schedule to make strong impression– Didier Morais has the newest Red Sox reliever having a solid first outing with the team, despite arriving just one hour before game time.
Blame falls on Larry Lucchino– Ron Borges says everything that has happened with the Red Sox is on Larry Lucchino and all of the decisions he made back in the off-season.
Pieces in place for McDaniels– Greg A. Bedard says McDaniels has everything an offensive coordinator could want in terms of players in his first year back in New England.
Players get into swing of camp– Shalise Manza Young has in her notebook the scuffle that highlighted the practice session. Bill Belichick spoke before practice, so did not comment on what happened.
Patriots engulfed in ‘dog’ fight– Mike Reiss says the scuffle was not a big deal since no one really got hurt, and the team seemed to have no hard feelings for one another following the practice.
Chandler Jones’ early polish is impressive– Tom E. Curran looks at Patriots rookie Chandler Jones and what a strong camp he’s had thus far.