We’re all tied up. Gordon Edes, Jeff Horrigan, Steven Krasner, and Dom Amore look at the Red Sox 3-2 win over the Yankees last night. Jeff Jacobs, Jackie MacMullan, Kevin McNamara and Michael O’Connor look at a monster effort turned in by Tim Wakefield, who picked up his second win of the series. Lenny Megliola also has a look at Wakefield, and also speculates a little on why Nomar is struggling so mightily in the playoffs. Steve Buckley’s pay column says Joe Kerrigan is likely feeling foolish for the way he lacked appreciation for what Wakefield can do. Paul Doyle has yet another piece on Wakefield, who outdueled Mike Mussina for the second time in the series. Sean McAdam says this Red Sox team wasn’t about to fold up before the Yankees after the events of Saturday. He reports on the atmosphere in the clubhouse prior to the game, where Bill Cosby was a visitor. (And Kevin Millar imitated him.) Dan Shaughnessy looks at a game free of the extracurricular activities and full of good baseball. Tony Massarotti says Red Sox/Yankees is enough of a show without all the extras. Michael Holley says that the rain on Sunday is largely responsible for the series being tied this morning, and notes that Lawyer Milloy was a visitor in the Red Sox clubhouse last night. Bill Reynolds notes that with this Sox club, there is a different hero everynight. Bob Ryan looks at Doug Mirabelli, who has embraced his unique role with the Red Sox.
David Heuschkel, Joe McDonald, John Powers and Michael O’Connor look at Todd Walker’s club record fifth home run of this post season. Kevin Gray notes that this was a feel-good win at the right time for Boston. Alex Speier and Art Davidson look at the Sox tying the series behind Wakefield. Amore & Yantz, Michael Silverman, Nick Cafardo and Sean McAdam look at Mike Mussina falling short, especially when Trot Nixon was involved. Rich Thompson looks at Nixon changing his luck against Mussina in one night. Karen Guregian and Kevin Paul Dupont look at how the hustle by Jason Varitek to beat out the double play proved to be the difference in the game. Lenny Megliola says that most of the dirt from Saturday has been washed away. Speaking of Saturday, Dom Amore has an update on charges facing a pair of Yankees. One of those Yankees, Jeff Nelson, found himself the subject of an on-field body search last night. Peter May has Nelson wondering what all the fuss was about. Gray relates a report on what happened in the Yankee bullpen Sunday, from some people who saw it. Nick Cafardo writes about Theo’s moves that haven’t panned out so well for the Red Sox. Apparently, he must feel that Tom Donahoe would’ve done a much better job. Steve Buckley says that Theo is one of the few involved in this series who has acted with maturity. Joe McDonald and Tony Massarotti get Johnny Pesky’s thoughts on the events from Saturday. Joe Sullivan gets embroiled in Red Sox/Yankees while visiting an English class at Manchester Central High School. Howard Bryant looks at the worth of Jason Varitek. Jon Couture says win or lose, we as fans have all cowboyed up. John Tomase says Pedro is all done as a prime time player.
Karen Guregian says that Pedro’s antics Sunday will have no effect on his upcoming negotiations with the Red Sox. Bill Reynolds says Pedro needs to apologize. Bob Hohler, Tom Yantz and Rich Thompson look at another impressive bullpen performance from Timlin and Williamson. Eddie Andelman mocked the Red Sox all spring for bringing him in as the bullpen coach, but Jackie MacMullan looks at what Euclides Rojas brings to the Sox staff. John Powers says that Rivera is ready to go as long as the Yankees need him to. Hohler looks at today’s starter for the Sox, Derek Lowe. Yantz looks at Lowe and the Yankees’ counterweight, David Wells. Peter May looks at Wells. Joe McDonald says that Sox teammates a tiring of Manny and Pedro refusing to talk to the media. Whatever. I think there are actually bigger things on their minds right now. Kevin Paul Dupont looks at David Dellucci drawing the start in right last night for the Yankees. Edes’ notebook has Mussina lamenting his lack of run support, and Zimmer mixing it up with players in the past. Horrigan’s Red Sox notebook says Grady is going with Burkett for game six. Silverman’s Yankee notebook looks at Nelson coming up clean in his surprise inspection. McAdam’s Red Sox notebook looks at a confident Scott Williamson. McNamara’s Yankee notebook looks at the struggling Giambi. The Courant notebook says Wakefield could be available out of the pen as early as today.
The NY Times and the Globe are trading stories during the series. NY writer Dave Anderson appears to be encouraging Yankee fans to throw batteries at Pedro should he take the mound in a game seven at Yankee Stadium:
Names or even nicknames will never hurt Martinez, but in the absence of sticks and stones, a battery might. When he's on the mound or when he warms up in the bullpen, he would be within range of any Yankees loyalist with a good arm. But if there's no Game 7, Pedro the Perpetrator will be safe.
Way to bring credit to your profession, Dave.
Kevin Mannix hands out Patriots’ grades from the win Sunday against the Giants. Ron Borges looks at the Giant challenge coming up Sunday for the Pats. Tom Curran says the Patriots have already forgotten about the Giants and are looking ahead to the Dolphins. Michael Felger looks at how Roman Phifer has worked out a way to see his son each week without having to fly across the country. Michael Parente and Michael Smith look at how penalties have been perhaps the only negative of the last couple weeks. Alan Greenberg says the Patriots have put themselves in the position where Sunday’s game in Miami isn’t going to make or break their season. Christopher Price looks at the Patriots hoping to change their luck in Miami. George Kimball has a pay column looking at the struggles of Adam Vinatieri. Jon Wallach says the Pats are flying under the radar, but keep on winning. Hector Longo looks at Tom Brady just finding a way to get the job done and win. Curran’s notebook looks at the penalties, as does the notebook from Felger. Smith’s notebook has the Pats hoping for a fresh start in Miami.
Mark Murphy looks at the Celtics point guard situation, and the challenge that faces Marcus Banks and Mike James in blending in the team with Walker and Pierce. Shira Springer has a piece on Banks and where he stands at this point in time.
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