Some spark. Amazing what can

Some spark. Amazing what can happen from one day to the next, yesterday, all the writers are pumped up, saying this team is geared up for a run, today, Steve Buckley, Sean McAdam, Gordon Edes, and Tony Massarotti all throw in the towel and say it’s over. Michael Holley points out that the playing the Yankees late in season has been revealing for the Sox. Get ready for an ugly strike, the players quoted in the papers are totally oblivious to how arrogant they sound. Michael Silverman has John Burkett sounding like a complete fool, Bob Hohler’s notebook has Burkett, but also Johnny Damon sounding off. It’s looking ugly. enjoy your Pedro Martinez start tonight, as it may be the last you see for some time. Steve Conroy and Bob Duffy draw the assignment of covering David Wells last night. Chad Finn touches all the bases.

Paul Kenyon looks at Damien Woody’s switch to guard. Rich Thompson writes that Tom Brady realizes there is work to do still. Thompson’s notebook looks at Jamal Anderson and the cuts from yesterday. Michael Smith gives more details on Anderson, and also looks at the cuts in his notebook. Be sure to check ESPN.com’s NFL Preview page today, and scheduled articles include extensive Patriot-related stories. The stories have been being posted later in the morning/early afternoon.

NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. (ESPN Nationally) Jim Baker reports Tony Clark will once again be on the post-game show. Following that, NESN will re-air the Front Row special on Doug Flutie. ESPN2 has Reds/Cardinals at 7:00.