Round One to the Evil Empire

What is there to say? That was dreadful last night. There won’t be much commentary on the links today, because the players frankly deserve anything bad that is written about them today. Game stories from the house of horrors are served up by Bob HohlerJeff HorriganSteven KrasnerDavid HeuschkelDon Amore (From the Yankees perspective) and David Borges. The defense once again was atrocious. Tony Massarotti takes a look at the struggles of Nomar Garciaparra, a key culprit last night with two errors. Sean McAdam says that it is time for the players to step up and start earning their paychecks. Dan Shaughnessy says the season is over. Steve Buckley (subscription only) concurs, putting blame on the manager, who won’t criticize his players. Gordon Edes says a major difference between the clubs was how aggressive the Yankees were last night. Nick Cafardo and Michael Silverman look at the bad outing by Derek Lowe.

Massarotti also takes a look at Tom Gordon, who is healthy again, and wants to be a closer once again. Christopher Price says there is no excuse for the Sox shoddy defense. Buckley looks at Tim Wakefield’s return to Yankee Stadium. Silverman says the Sox got a close up and personal look at the Yankees murderer’s row, which wasn’t in evidence back in April. Hohler’s notebook looks at Francona’s decision to “stand behind” the struggling Kevin Millar. Horrigan’s notebook looks at David Ortiz not worrying about his All Star status. The ProJo notebook also looks at Ortiz. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at the return of Pokey. Amore’s notebook looks at a parasite eating Jason Giambi. Borges’ notebook also looks at Pokey.

From the NY Papers:

J.P.Pelzman says the Sox let down Derek Lowe with shoddy defense. Dave Caldwell agrees that the defense was not worth a darn for the Sox. (get it?) Joe Gergan looks at an infield of slop for the Sox. Mike Lupica looks at the Boston “E” Party. Kevin Kernan says the Sox are more built for a beer league than the American League. George King looks at the Yankees roughing up the Sox. Tyler Kepner says the Sox basically handed this one to the Yankees.

Roger Rubin notes that the Sox remain upbeat despite the drubbing last night. Michael Morrissey says that Nomar has been help for the Red Flops. (how original) he also looks at the “putrid” defense behind Derek Lowe. Jon Heyman says it was just more of the same in this one-sided “rivalry’. Bill Madden takes a little more objective look at things. Mike Vaccaro says the Sox always do their best work in April. They weren’t a match for the Yankees of June. Peter Botte and Lenn Robbins note that George Steinbrenner isn’t counting the Sox out yet. Gergen’s notebook says Manny isn’t going to lose any sleep over this series.

Dave Anderson has a nice piece on the peaceful resolution to the Don Zimmer/Pedro Martinez fiasco from the playoffs last year. Included is this excerpt from Zimmer’s new book:

The next day, Zimmer apologized to the world, and in his book, he tells how Mart