So did the Yankees really cancel their game quickly so they could avoid facing Roy Halladay last night and also reshuffle their rotation for the Sox this weekend? That was the half-kidding speculation on NESN last night, and on the WEEI broadcast, Jerry and Joe said the Yankees game canceled “awfully quick”. Who knows. The Sox took care of business again, beating the Tigers in between the raindrops. Sean McAdam says good teams beat the teams that they should beat. Jeff Horrigan says the Sox wanted to get last night’s game in and keep their momentum going. Bob Hohler notes that another Grady Little shuffled lineup was able to get the job done. David Heuschkel says it was a familiar tale against the Tigers. Dan Shaughnessy looks at Nomar on his 30th birthday. A generally positive piece, Shaughnessy essentially notes at one point that the media can spin player quotes whichever way it suits them. Sox pick up a lefty specialist, Michael Silverman reports on the acquisition of Scott Sauerbeck. McAdam notes that this trade adds a missing ingredient that the bullpen had lacked. Hohler looks at the trade in all its parts, which had the Sox giving up Brandon Lyon and Anastacio Martinez and picking up Sauerbeck and hard throwing AAA prospect Mike Gonzalez. Heuschkel says the Sauerbeck is already looking forward to playing in Fenway and facing the Yankees. Down in NY, George King reports that Sauerbeck was the first choice of the Yankees, but the Pirates told them the Yankees they didn’t have what it took to acquire him. The Yankees instead picked up 46 year old Jesse Orosco. Kevin Gray feels we should thank Brandon Lyon for all he did for this team this season. Tony Massarotti looks at Derek Lowe, who still made some mistakes last night, and continues to have trouble with left handed batters. Shira Springer says that Lowe has figured out his mechanical problem. Silverman says the Sox will not look past the Devil Rays the next two nights in preparing for the Yankees. John Tomase looks at Carlos Pena, who is on the right path in his big league career. Springer also writes about Gabe Kapler, who is happy with his role here in Boston. Matt Eagan continues his Q&A with Red Sox ownership, talking about the future of Fenway. McAdam’s notebook looks at a cancer-free Tony Cloninger, and has the Sox interested in purchasing some prospects. Horrigan’s notebook says the news on Cloninger was certainly a relief. Hohler’s notebook has Epstein feeling pretty good about the Sox chances. Thank goodness he didn’t say he was feeling a little dangerous right now…
Summer’s over. The Patriots start training camp today. Tom Curran tells us ramblings-style what will and won’t happen during training camp. Michael Smith notes that Pats training camp will have all the comforts of home. Michael Parente looks at how the offseason moves and work have all been preparations for what starts today. Michael Felger looks at the Patriots preparing to bounce back into contention this season. Alan Greenberg looks at some questions and concerns heading into camp. Jon Wallach asks if you’re ready for all of this to begin and lists some things to look for. Dan Pires has 10 questions facing the Patriots as they begin camp. Shane Donaldson has an interesting look at technology in football, how the use of it has changed in the game over the years and what we might see in the future. Ron Borges on MSNBC picks the Pats to finish third in the division. Mike Reiss says this is truly Bill Belichick’s team now. Mark Farinella says this will not be a simple or easy camp for the team. Curran looks at Stephen Neal’s injury and how that impacts the offensive line. Nick Cafardo has part of a 1-1 interview with Matt Light that will appear on the Globe SportsPlus on NESN. Felger completes his camp preview with a look at Special Teams. Cafardo’s notebook has his first controversy and slant against Belichick as he reports on a feud between the coach and team’s field superintendent, leading to the latter’s resignation last week.
Reports last night had the Celtics agreeing to terms with Travis Best, but apparently that is not the case yet. Mark Murphy and Shira Springer report on the courting of the free agent point guard. Christopher Price talks to Marcus Banks about his week in the Reebok Summer league.
NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Cubs/Phillies at 7:00. ESPN2 has Royals/Twins at 7:00. FSNE has Revolution/Crew at 7:30.