Sox Scalping

The Red Sox continued their streaky ways last night, dropping their second in a row, this time 10-6 to the Indians. Byung-Hyun Kim had a rough outing and was dropped from the rotation following the game. Bob Hohler and Jeff Horrigan both use the same phrase in describing the quick hook from the rotation for Kim, they say it demonstrates that the Sox will have “little patience for (or with) mediocrity”. Sean McAdam says there will be no waiting around for things to improve. David Heuschkel has more on the shaky outing by Kim and David Borges looks at the hit barrage from the Indians. Joe Haggerty has a look at the doomed Kim era, over before it even got started. Joe McDonald looks at Bronson Arroyo jumping back into the starting five with the struggles of Kim. Nick Cafardo says the Sox feel they have a more dependable option in Arroyo. Michael Silverman says that Arroyo’s success made the move an easy one for Terry Francona. Rich Thompson and Paul Harbor look at Brian Daubach filling in for Manny and producing results.

Lenny Megliola offers up a few thoughts from Fenway. He’s the only one today who even questioned a little (in print, anyway) Manny leaving the team to get his citizenship. He says:

Maybe manager Terry Francona was thinking, Why couldn't Manny have done this during spring training or on an off day? Or five years ago for that matter.

He then notes that “publicly” the manager supported the move, seemingly implying that the manager felt differently than what he said. Steve Buckley has a pay column today lauding Manny for taking the steps to be a citizen. He says:

And now Manny Ramirez is a member of the club. What a great story. Today, civics teachers in schools throughout the commonwealth can use the sports pages in their classroom discussions, with Manny Ramirez as an example that American citizenship is something not ever, ever to be taken lightly.

He says that Manny deserves a “thunderous ovation”tonight when he’s introduced. Gordon Edes takes a tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame with Dennis Eckersley, who can tell some good stories from his career. Jeff Sullivan says that any rumors of Carlos Beltran to Boston are just silly. Thompson and Harbor also have pieces on the return of Lou Merloni to Fenway Park. The notebooks are a Manny sweep. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Manny getting his citizenship. McAdam’s notebook also leads with Manny, as does Hohler’s notebook and Borges’ notebook. Horrigan’s notebook says Manny was absent for the right reasons.

Michael Felger has a report on the Patriots visit to the White House yesterday, with big Ted Washington making the trip with his former team and tossing a few light hearted barbs around. David Lightman and Wayne Washington also have reports.

Shira Springer has a brief piece on Dave Wohl joining Doc Rivers’ staff with the Celtics. Bill Reynolds says that even though they wouldn’t be eliminated, tonight could be the end of an era for the Lakers. Let’s hope so. Peter May looks at the distractions the Lakers are fighting with the whole Kobe Bryant case going on.

Bill Griffith reports on Channel 7 bringing in a new sports anchor. David Briggs will be joining the station from Tulsa. Griffith also looks at the new FSN show “I, Max” with Max Kellerman and Michael Holley.

NESN has Sox/Indians at 7:00. ESPN has Flames/Sharks game 2 at 9:00. TNT has Nets/Pistons at 8:00 and Lakers/Spurs at 10:30.