What can I say about

What can I say about Manny? The last two games have featured two huge clutch home runs. Steven Krasner says this one “zooms right to the top of the list of the numerous emotional, improbable and important wins the Boston Red Sox have racked up this season.” David Heuschkel looks at Manny’s home run, as well as a bunch of other key moments that led to the win yesterday. Jeff Horrigan says the blackout on the east coast coincided with a sudden power surge on the west coast. Bob Hohler says yesterday may have been a memorable crossroads for this team in its push towards the playoffs. Tony Massarotti looks at the Red Sox winning formula: “Mannyball”. Gordon Edes looks at Alan Embree, who cleaned up his own mess quite nicely yesterday. Edes also hints that he and the rest of the media never had a moment’s doubt about the Sox after they dropped the first two games:

"Everybody after two games had us counted out of the wild card," said Embree, who fortunately was not asked to produce evidence of these supposed write-offs.

Massarotti also looks at the escape by Embree from the eighth inning yesterday. Michael Silverman thinks that Bronson Arroyo could be a great candidate for a callup based on his performance this season in Pawtucket which includes a perfect game. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Grady tinkering with his rotation to get Pedro in twice against the Yankees. Krasner’s notebook has more on Embree. Horrigan’s notebook has a look at Gabe Kapler’s contributions yesterday as well a number of other items. Hohler’s notebook looks at another steady performance by Tim Wakefield.

Nick Cafardo looks at the Patriots coordinators, neither of whom are signed (that we know of…remember Belichick got an extension a year ago and we never heard a peep about it.) beyond this season. Cafardo makes the case that media hype and fan attention are what get assistants promoted to head coaching positions. He uses this premise to subtly criticize the Patriots practice to not allow assistant coaches to speak to the media. This, he concludes, is why Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis are not head coaches by now. Of course Bill Parcells had and has the exact same policy, and it’s ok for the Tuna, but not for Belichick. Whatever. Belichick got a head coaching gig while under those same conditions. Alan Greenberg looks at Ty Law, who remains as confident and entertaining as ever. But will be he be around here much longer? Michael Felger looks at few position battles that will be looked at Saturday night. Ian M. Clark looks at the wideout position, which is one of the competitive areas. Tom Curran looks at the battle among the two punters in camp. Michael Parente looks at the serious work beginning with the training camp portion of the preseason officially over. Felger’s notebook looks at the linebacker position, which is another area of depth for the Pats. Curran’s notebook looks at wide receiver DeVeren Johnson picked up Wednesday after having been released by Parcells and the Cowboys. Parente’s notebook says the offense has some work to do to catch up to the offense. Cafardo’s notebook also looks at the punter competition.

Lenny Megliola reports on the Old Time Baseball Game. Luke Meredith keeps it on the down Lowe in the Unsilent Majority.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Mariners at 10:00. (ESPN nationally) CBS has Packers/Browns preseason football at 8:00.

Sox finally get their act

Sox finally get their act together out west. Same can’t be said for the newly redesigned Boston.com website which still hasn’t put up any stories from the game last night. It seemed pretty predictable that however Derek Lowe did last night, his body language was going to be closely studied, and indeed it was. Jeff Horrigan has the story of a clutch performance by Lowe who got past an early 2-0 deficit to wind up getting the win. Steven Krasner looks at a pumped up Lowe as the key to the win. David Heuschkel also focuses on the emotions and faces of Lowe during his win last night. Tony Massarotti looks at how Lowe channeled his emotions for good last night. In the absence of the Globe stories, we’ll turn to the Oakland Tribune, Mark Saxson says Mark Mulder faced the wrath of the Boston bats, frustrated at having been shut down the previous two nights. There is also a pretty detailed Q&A session with Johnny Damon, who talks about playing in Boston. Scott Ostler says that the Red Sox and A’s are reinventing baseball. If you’re still in the mood for a doom and gloom article, then Steve Britt’s article today is for you. Massarotti says that the Sox can’t beat good pitching. After being tossed out of the previous game, Krasner reports that Trot Nixon had cooled off by last night. With the Sox on the west coast, Bob Halloran unveils his woo-hoo theory of sports fans. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the lineup changes put in by Grady Little last night. Krasner’s notebook looks at the need for surgery for Jeremy Giambi, Heuschkel’s notebook says Giambi really was hurt after all.

Tom Curran is able to pose 19 questions all over the board to coach Bill Belichick. The coach answers them, too. Michael Felger has Tom Brady pushing for more playing time on Saturday night to be able to a better feel for things out there. Mark Blaudschun looks at the Pats pulling up the training camp stakes and moving…err…no where. I marvel at the ability of some to write a full length article about something that didn’t happen…Michael Parente looks at a potential running back-by-committee situation shaping up for the Patriots. Curran’s notebook looks at how having everyone on the same page makes making cuts a bit easier. Blaudschun’s notebook looks at Brady’s push to play more on Saturday night. Felger’s notebook looks at how keeping things simple for the players this camp has helped in the development of the team. Parente’s notebook looks at a couple of minor additions to the roster yesterday.

NESN has Sox/A’s at 3:00. TBS has Braves/Padres at 7:30.

Sorry about the lack of

Sorry about the lack of links yesterday. Rather not go into it. Rather not talk about the Sox either, but it must be done. Bob Hohler has the coverage of another West coast loss, which puts the Sox behind their pace of a year ago and has them trailing in the wild card standings. Jeff Horrigan looks at a rough first inning which did in John Burkett and the Sox. Steven Krasner says the Sox just never could dig themselves out of that five run deficit to begin the game. David Heuschkel looks at a bit of desperation setting in for Grady Little and the Sox. Tony Massarotti says Pedro is clearly not able to put together back to back long outings these days is just not what he used to be. Jim Donaldson wants to be coddled like Pedro. Sad thing is, Jim doesn’t realize how good he has it, either, compared to most working people. Four columns a week? 1000 words each? You poor thing. Get a clue. Krasner says Pedro will be tested against the league’s iron in upcoming games. That’s of course if they mean anything by then. Alex Speier examines the Sox struggles on the road this year. Lenny Megliola looks ahead to the 2005 Red Sox. Gordon Edes looks at two Sox right handed hitters who figure to get some hacks at the plate against lefties the next few days. Christopher Price talks with Jay Mohr, who says Nomar is all about the game, and winning, not himself. Massarotti also looks at the job done last night by Keith Foulke, who came into the game in the eight with runners on second and third and nobody out and retired Mueller, Nomar and Manny to escape the inning without giving up a run. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the latest ugly twists in the Ted Williams case, as reported by Sports Illustrated. Horrigan’s notebook reports on good news for Brandon Lyon. Krasner’s notebook also looks at Lyon. Hohler’s notebook has Derek Lowe striking back at his critics.

Nick Cafardo looks at Ty Warren as he works to come up to NFL speed, both on the field and in the playbook. Will he be a Richard Seymour type rookie, or a Chris Canty? Kevin McNamara also looks at Warren, who he describes as quiet and willing to learn and get better. Mike Reiss looks at the Patriots problems on the right side of the offensive line. The causes? Injury and retirement, yes, but also poor development of young players and questionable free agent moves, according to Reiss. Michael Felger looks at Rodney Harrison, whom he says might be the most important addition to the defense, simply for the attitude and swagger he can bring to the team, something they’ve lacked since the day Bryan Cox. Alan Greenberg looks at Kevin Faulk and how far he has come and the progress he has made to the point that he’s going to get more first and second down snaps, as he deserves them. Just one note from the article, J.R. Redmond was not a rookie during the Super Bowl season…Christopher Price looks at the Patriots ground game and the pieces that could be a part of it, including Redmond. Michael Parente looks at the secondary, where Otis Smith appears injured again and Leonard Myers has been impressing. Cafardo’s notebook provides some injury updates, as best as can be determined. Felger’s notebook looks at the need for the depth in the secondary, where Smith and now Myers appear to be injured again. McNamara’s notebook has more on nagging injuries that could be holding some players back from even making the team. Parente’s notebook says time is running out on some players to get back onto the field.

Steve Conroy looks at the Bruins again exercising their “walk away” rights, this time to Bryan Berard. Joe McDonald has more on the situation. Douglas Flynn says the club planned all along to walk away from it’s own arbitration offer. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at a community service sentence for Joe Thornton, and has more on the ugly injuries suffered by Jonathan Girard in his car accident. Mike Shalin remembers Herb Brooks. Dupont’s notebook looks at the Berard situation and a couple minor moves by the club. Conroy’s notebook has more on Thornton’s sentence.

Jim McCabe and Joe Gordon look at Tiger Woods, ready to end his Major drought.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 10:00. ESPN2 has Padres/Braves at 7:00 and ESPN has Yankees/Royals at 8:00.

The Globe’s newly revamped online

The Globe’s newly revamped online sports pages are still not up and running as of this writing, so we’ll have to carry on without them today. We’ll miss them. Michael Silverman says that the Sox blew a grand chance to leave town with momentum. Paul Kenyon says this series was for the birds. Paul Doyle says starting tonight, the Sox are going to need to be better. Alex Speier says the Sox leave town wounded from these birds of prey. Sean McAdam says the Sox know lies ahead of them, the toughest, most critical part of the schedule. With George Kimball attempting to write a story on Trot Nixon and triples, did Nomar actually tell him “I don’t do interviews on getaway day”? Steve Conroy says the bullpen did its job yesterday, stopping the bleeding after Suppan departed. Yesterday, John Tomase told three anecdotes from the Fenway clubhouse. Conroy says that is the Sox fail to make the playoffs, we’ll be able to point to the Orioles as a big reason. Joe McDonald looks at PawSox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who pitched a perfect game yesterday. Kimball has a pay column on Suppan’s struggles since rejoining the Red Sox. Silverman’s notebook leads off with trouble on the basepaths for Manny and Trot. Kenyon’s notebook says a switch in uniform numbers didn’t bring Jeff Suppan any better results. Doyle’s notebook leads off with Connecticut day at Fenway.

Brendan Stai’s retirement is the big news from Patriots camp. Kevin Mannix tries to sort out why this is now three years in a row with an offensive tackle retiring in camp. Tom Curran looks at the move and the hole it creates (again) on the line. Alan Greenberg jokingly wonders if Joe Andruzzi is getting some favors from back home in Jersey from Tony Soprano, eliminating the competition. Bill Belichick says in Michael Parente’s piece that they’ve met their quota for training camp retirements and can now move on. Mannix’s notebook says that despite reports to the contrary, Larry Centers is happy to be here with the Patriots. Curran’s notebook says that Faulk’s work with the first team isn’t a reflection on Antowain Smith, rather a reflection on Faulk and the work he’s done.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 10:00. ABC has Eagles/Saints preseason football at 8:00

Here’s the Sunday Night Sports

Here’s the Sunday Night Sports Shows.

A couple of interesting Patriot

A couple of interesting Patriot bits from the national scene. Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News says the Pats might be the only team capable of creating a dynasty in the Salary Cap NFL. Damon Hack of the New York Times has an article today entitled “No-Nonsense Belichick Attracts No-Nonsense Players.” A look at how Bill Belichick goes about the business of football.

I originally had some commentary here in which I suggested that a certain section of Nick Cafardo’s NFL notes today contained a shot against Bill Belichick. (The Globe sports pages seem to be offline as of this writing) The section contrasted Belichick’s record as an assistant and as a head coach. I didn’t see the need for it, and called it a cheap shot against the coach. Perhaps I read too much into it. You can be the judge and decide for yourself whether what Cafardo wrote was a “cheap” shot, as I thought or simply reporting an interesting view of the coach’s record, which Cafardo says was all he was doing.

Not a bad evening for

Not a bad evening for the Boston fan. Two games, two pretty one sided victories. I guess we’ll start with the game that counted. John Burkett lately might be the only right handed pitcher ever described as “crafty”. That’s usually reserved strictly for lefties. Great quote by Burkett in Bob Hohler’s game piece:(It’s in all the game stories, actually)

"I think people are thinking that this old guy with gray hair who is throwing 85 miles an hour isn't going to be able to do the job, so I am constantly battling myself and battling that," he said. "And I like that."

Kind of says it all. I thought that was pretty funny. Not to mention that Burkett tops out at 85, most of his stuff is slower than that. Anyway, enough gushing about John Burkett. (Did I really just say that? If I were someone else, I think this would be the time I’d be saying something about lighting myself on fire.) Jeff Horrigan says that Burkett is getting stronger as the season goes along. David Heuschkel compares Burkett to a ’77 Pinto with primer that just seems to keep running and get good mileage. Alex Speier looks at Burkett’s evening. Sean McAdam says that these Sox are most impressive at home. Bob Ryan writes about the extraordinary David Ortiz. His last twelve hits have been for extra bases. That is truly amazing. (note to Don Skwar…why didn’t Dan Shaughnessy draw this assignment…where’s your sense of humor?) No, I’m glad Ryan wrote this article, as he did it well. Steve Conroy and Steven Krasner also weigh in with pieces on Ortiz. Both are enjoyable reads. Can’t get enough of Ortiz. A rare treat today is two Bob Ryan articles on the same day. His second looks back at Pedro’s complete game, and what that showed. His colleagues at the Globe could learn so much from Ryan. He’s not a cheerleader in his articles, but they’re free of the negative little shots and downers that we’ve seen from Shaughnessy and Dupont the last few days. Michael Vega says that Burkett might want to consider getting his lineup a gift for the support they’ve given him all year. Mark Murphy looks at the zone that Nomar has locked into at Fenway this year. The Derek Lowe Face has gone national, yet Karen Guregian says that Lowe is not changing his demeanor. Conroy also looks at Casey Fossum, back with the big club and ready for his start tonight against the Orioles. Patrick Garrity reports on “Red Sox Day” in Vermont yesterday. John Tomase looks back at vintage Pedro from Wednesday night. Hohler’s notebook looks at the DL as a likely landing spot for Ramiro Mendoza. Horrigan’s notebook has more on that, and reports that Mendoza has already cleared waivers, so that hurdle is past. McAdam’s notebook says the Sox aren’t going to release Mendoza, but need to figure out something with him. Heuschkel’s notebook has still more on that situation.

Patriots defense looked good…that seems to be the consensus. Good thing, says Alan Greenberg, since they didn’t show much in running the ball. Greenberg has a lot of praise for the defense, especially the rookies and Rosevelt Colvin. Tom Curran looks at a few big plays by some of the newcomers. Nick Cafardo says whatever players the Patriots put out there, they were better than what the Giants had. He notes some of the highlights and items of interest from the game. Michael Felger says the play of a number of key defenders should be encouraging to Patriots fans. Kevin Mannix looks at the impressive debut of Dan Klecko, with whom Tedy Bruschi is already very impressed. What’s this? A Ron Borges sighting? After going the entire training camp without hearing from him, he weighs in on the first preseason game. He seems very encouraged by what he saw out on the field. The new guys appeared to be capable of doing what they were brought in to do. Most importantly, no injuries. Michael Parente has a pretty complete wrapup of the action last night. Ian M. Clark says that though it’s only a preseason game, those who needed to show something did last night. Michael Smith writes that it’s hard for Patriots fans not to be overjoyed at some of the things they saw last night. Christopher Price hands out straight A’s for the Patriot rookies for last night. Carolyn Thornton has a look at Fred McCrary and the rest of the fullbacks and what they did last night. George Kimball looks at Tyrone Poole, who had a pick last night and has apparently gotten over his homesickness of a couple weeks ago. Looks like his wife set him straight. I won’t make any Doug Christie comments. Aaron Harlan looks at big plays by Colvin and Poole. Do I even want to touch Dan Shaughnessy’s article today? Starts out whining about football coming too soon. Then he’s trying to compare preseason football with baseball spring training. Save yourself a couple minutes. Don’t read it. Use the time to trim your nails or something else more productive. I’ll never get that two minutes back…Paul Kenyon looks at Giants defensive end and former URI player Frank Ferrara. John Altavilla looks at a rough night from the Giants perspective, and towards the end has a bit about Jeremy Shockey allegedly making a derogatory sexual remark about Bill Parcells. Weird. Cafardo’s notebook looks at the running back competition. Felger’s notebook has more on that topic. Curran’s notebook looks at Dan Klecko. The first line of the notebook is a reference to a group in the Patriots KFFL board which already has a Klecko Cult started.

Peter May looks briefly at the Celtics exhibition schedule.

A couple messy items…Ron Borges looks at Micky Ward claiming he was duped into selling his life story for only $1000. Not really sports media related, but it could manifest itself in some form on the WWZN airwaves between 12-3 in the afternoon sometime, is the ugly story of the Andelman/Costa gourmet food show breakup, as reported in the Inside Track.

John Howell reports on a Connecticut radio station that the Red Sox are allowing to do their own play by play for one game.

NESN has Sox/Orioles at 1:00, UPN38 Has Sox/Orioles game 2 at 7:00.

Some new articles up at

Some new articles up at Football Outsiders. An NFC East preview, some grading of head coaches and some fantasy help.

Mike Fine says Pedro picked up everyone else last night. Alan Greenwood looks at the big effort of Pedro. Even though he didn’t talk to the media, Pedro answered plenty of questions, according to Jim Fenton. Ron Chimelis tries to figure out the solution to the Mendoza mystery of 2003. Bill Simmons is still ecstatic from meeting Fred Lynn.

Eric McHugh looks at some youngsters eager to show something for the Patriots tonight. Hector Longo looks at the battle to back up Brady.

First off, A new message

First off, A new message board is up. If you had a bookmark to the old one, please update it. (Click the Message Board link above) The history of the old one is gone, we’ll just start fresh. I’ve been creating accounts for those who registered at the old board. I’ve sent emails to the address that people signed up for the old board under, so check that address if you’re waiting for account information. Some addresses of the @attbi.com variety I know will have changed recently, so you may need to email me with your new address. If you had an account at the old board and don’t get a new one by noon today, send me an email and I’ll check it out. Or, just go ahead and register on the board and if I recognize you from my list, I’ll approve the account. The new board runs on mySQL and PHP which should make it more stable than the old one which ran on some obscure little database and Perl. Let’s hope.

Pedro goes nine, and Kevin Paul Dupont still does his best to ensure that Sox fans don’t enjoy the performance too much:

Something for Red Sox Nation to ponder: It was only the fifth time in his years with the Sox that Martinez has allowed double digits in hits. The last time? When he gave up a dozen to Florida July 18, 1999, the prelude to his being placed on the disabled list.

Of course that game against the Marlins, Pedro gave up 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings. A little bit of a difference from giving up 10 hits in 9 complete innings. I would say this is an example of the media being negative and fatalistic. It’s possible to reveal this information without being quite so dramatic, David Heuschkel does so in passing, he manages to mention all the above, including the disabled list, without ticking me off. Jeff Horrigan relates the tale of the Sox having some fun with Manny before the game. Steven Krasner focuses on the performance by Pedro, who had plenty of gas to finish off the game. Christopher Price says that Pedro wasn’t leaving anything to chance. Remember all the uproar over star treatment? Kevin Gray says last night was the payoff for that. Dan Shaughnessy says it was a nice night at the ballpark. He also complains about Pedro not talking to the media and says that the fact that New York has more direct flights to the Dominican Republic might be a bargaining tool for George Steinbrenner in the future. He does a little namecalling as well. That’s Shaughnessy, Boston’s own Dr. Feelgood. But God forbid anyone challenge him on it, he’ll get the claws out on you. Tony Massarotti looks at the performance by Pedro as well. He also complains about Pedro not talking to the media. These guys act like they don’t understand why players don’t want to talk to them. Todd Jones tells them why, goes over the top a bit, and they attack him. These guys don’t get it. Gordon Edes does his job and does it well, focusing on the on field performance by Pedro and not complaining about his not talking to the media. Instead, he goes and gets quotes from other people, including a lot from Mike Scioscia. Lenny Megliola says Pedro showed a lot of heart last night. A new Hench’s Hardball says Grady Little has let “wussy” Pedro go too far in his last few starts. Mark Murphy looks at one of the highlights of the season, a wonderful leaping catch up against the wall by Johnny Damon. Jerry Trupiano may get on my nerves at times with false alarm drives to the warning track, but his call of this catch was superb. Joe Burris also looks at the catch by Damon. Steve Conroy looks at another big night for David Ortiz. Shalise Manza Young also has a look at Ortiz. Alex Speier looks at a win in which the Sox didn’t pound the ball all over the yard. Murphy also has a look at David Eckstein. Buddy Thomas says the next two weeks will make or break the season for the Sox. Conroy looks at defensive replacement Dave McCarty and his role on the club. Dupont’s notebook looks at Lyon getting a second opinion on his elbow. Horrigan’s notebook has more on that same topic. Krasner’s notebook looks at the catch by Damon.

Patriots kick off the preseason tonight. Michael Felger says it’s a big opportunity for the backup and rookie players to catch the eye of the coaches. Nick Cafardo says the Patriots should be focusing on the running game on both sides of the ball tonight. Alan Greenberg will be looking at what the newcomers can do. Tom Curran says due to injuries there won’t be a big battle for playing time at running back tonight, and gives some other things to look for tonight. Michael Parente previews the preseason opener tonight as well. Felger also says that preseason openers can be telling. Last year’s was. Christopher Price has some more things to look for tonight. Mike Reiss has the story of Giant’s coach Jim Fassell being reunited with the son he gave away for adoption 34 years ago. Parente also has a look at Rick Lyle in the nose tackle spot.

NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 7:00. ESPN & WCVB 5 have Patriots/Giants at 8:00.

So just when is the

So just when is the next expansion draft? Just kidding, we’ll give Suppan a mulligan on last night’s performance. Trot comes through and saves the day. Jeff Horrigan notes how Trot is about the only hitter in baseball that can do anything off Brendan Donnelly. Steven Krasner also looks at the clutch performance of Trot. David Heuschkel further explores how Trot has been able to get a few hits off Donnelly…more than the rest of his team has. Kevin Paul Dupont gives credit to the offense as a whole for bailing out Suppan. (New design for the Boston.com web pages) Gordon Edes looks at Suppan, the reception he received and the first game jitters he had last night. Kevin Gray says the grace period has ended quickly for Suppan. Steve Conroy says Suppan was thankful he wasn’t pitching for the Pirates last night, as he’d have gotten an “L” for sure. Christopher Price says while it wasn’t the homecoming Suppan has hoped for, he’s glad to get it behind him. Tony Massarotti looks at he Sox bullpen, and gets comments on it from Mike Scioscia, who in winning the World Series last year had the best bullpen in the game down the stretch. Paul Kenyon notes a mixed performance by the Sox newest additions last night. Mark Murphy looks at how injuries have hampered the Angels this year. Michael Vega has another look at the clutch hit by Nixon. Mike Giardi says he’s always been a Trot guy. Conroy also looks at Brandon Lyon, back with the Boston organization after a brief pit stop in Pittsburgh. Murphy has a look at Kevin Millar, glad to be back at Fenway, and still the co-holder of the longest on-base streak in the minors. (for the last 10 years anyway.) Vega also writes that Millar will be in the record books a bit longer. Karen Guregian and Joe Burris look at Kevin Youkilis’ on-base streak coming to an end last night in Pawtucket. Bill Burt says the Sox gave up someone special when they traded Freddy Sanchez. Jon Couture says that no matter what the Red Sox do, Yankee fans feel it’s their God-given right to win the division and World Series. Ross Kerber looks at the Sox and Yankees battling over cable TV rights in Connecticut. Dupont’s notebook looks at Jeremy Giambi to the DL again. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Giambi’s replacement on the roster, Dave McCarty, who is here for some late inning glove work at first base. Krasner’s notebook says McCarty’s glove has kept him in a job all these years. Heuschkel’s notebook also looks at McCarty.

Some diverse stories on the Patriots today, unlike yesterday when it seemed every story was about the young cornerbacks. Alan Greenberg looks at fullback Fred McCrary, who wouldn’t want to go back to his old job if football didn’t work out for some reason. Michael Felger looks at the gaping hole at nose tackle and what the Pats are trying there. Mike Reiss also looks at that crucial position. Carolyn Thornton looks at Rohan Davey, feeling comfortable in his second year in this system. Ian M. Clark says that tomorrow night will be a first test for many of the players on the Patriots roster. Michael Parente says that Dedric Ward has been opening eyes at camp with his play and may force the Patriots to carry six receivers. Aaron Harlan looks at Joe Andruzzi, trying to come back from yet another knee problem and isn’t ready to give up his job yet. Felger’s notebook looks at David Givens, having an excellent camp and ready to seize an opportunity in these preseason games. Harlan’s notebook has Coach Belichick ready to see what certain guys can do in game situations. Thornton’s notebook looks at the issue of playing veterans or rookies. Parente’s notebook has more on Davey.

Kevin Paul Dupont reports on the injuries to Jonathan Girard, who was lucky to survive the car accident that crushed his pelvis. That hurts just to write that.

NESN has Sox/Angels at 7:00. ESPN has Rangers/Yankees at 7:00. ESPN2 has Reds/Dodgers at 10:00.