The Sox scuffle again at Fenway. Bob Hohler looks at the 4-3 loss to the Twins, noting the need for this team to put all aspects of the game together. Jeff Horrigan says defensive lapses cost the Sox this one. Steven Krasner looks at the Red Sox slide continuing on. David Heuschkel ponders the irony of Jose Offerman executing a sacrifice bunt in the 10th to move the winning run closer to home for the Twins. David Borges looks at the Sox inability to get any sort of hot streak going. Tony Massarotti says the Sox need to snap out of whatever funk they are in and get things going…soon. Kevin Gray says that Nomar is not 100% yet, and says the play in the 10th inning is evidence of that. Rich Thompson has Nomar taking blame for the error, though he feels it should’ve been ruled a hit and an error, not a two-base error. Joe Haggerty looks at the errors just killing the Sox. Steve Britt says maybe Nomar is just trying too hard.
Carlos Beltran was traded to the Astros last night, and Nick Cafardo takes a look at what the Sox might target now that he is off the market. Mike Shalin looks at David Ortiz, who had another big day against his old team yesterday, but couldn’t put the Sox over the top. Michael Vega looks at Tim Wakefield, who was encouraged by his outing yesterday. Shalin also has a look at Wakefield, who decided to stop thinking so much, and just pitch. Joe Sullivan looks at New Hampshire day at Fenway. James Murphy looked at Sox fans at Coors field last week. Hohler’s notebook has Pokey Reese encouraged by how his thumb felt yesterday after a night of rest. Horrigan’s notebook has Pokey hoping to play on Sunday, while Heuschkel’s notebook says Reese is not likely to play this weekend. Krasner’s notebook has still more on Pokey. Borges’ notebook looks at the Twins Joe Mauer.
If Ron Borges was writing about the Celtics draft, he’d be sure to say that that selection of Al Jefferson was a makeup pick and that Kendrick Perkins is a bust. However, Peter May appears to actually like the Celtics selection of high school star Jefferson at pick number 15 overall. He says there’s no reason that Jefferson shouldn’t be able to come in and start right away for the green. That might be pushing things, but the kid seems to have some game. Mark Murphy says the Celtics are happy to get Jefferson, and he fills a need for them. Jeff Goodman in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette (subscription only) has a piece on Jefferson, and even has a couple quotes from the 6-9 forward.
Asked what he knew about the Celtics, Jefferson said: