Bob Stern wonders which Red Sox edition is the real deal. Getting beat up by the Orioles, or taking two of three from the Yankees. Rob Chimelis looks at Derek Lowe coming up big in what he was saying could be his last start at Fenway for the Red Sox. Alan Greenwood says the Sox were able to make a point this weekend. Mike Fine says the Sox came out swinging this weekend, in more ways than one. After this Yankees series, Eric Wilbur isn’t looking forward to going back to playing the Orioles again. David Ropeik looks at a pins-and-needles weekend at Fenway. Chimelis’ notebook looks at Nixon and Leskanic heading to the DL. Greenwood’s notebook looks at the Sox and Yanks moving past the brawl. Fine’s notebook has Lowe refusing to blame his outfielders for his early trouble last night. Jerry Remy has a brief mailbag.
Eric McHugh considers 10 questions from the NFC. Nick Cafardo is in good form already regarding the Patriots. He said on the Eddie Andelman show that it is going to take the Patriots missing the playoffs for fans to be negative and question “the way they do things down there’. His partner in crime, Ron Borges was on NECN last night, and according to a viewer from KFFL, was up to his usual tricks regarding the Patriots.
Dick Heller of the Washington Times has a piece on Reggie Lewis, who died 11 years ago tomorrow. Chad Ford of ESPN Insider rated the top Summer League rookies, and Al Jefferson of the Celtics was at the top of the list. He says:
After watching Jefferson dominate in the paint in two summer leagues, scouts walked away convinced that Jefferson had a chance to be a significant contributor to the Celtics this season. Jefferson had a couple of dominant games, including a pair of 27-point outbursts versus the Nuggets and Wizards in Las Vegas. Danny Ainge is breathing a huge sigh of relief. All three Celtics rookies played well in the summer leagues. If he can get even half the production Jefferson gave him in Vegas, the Celtics will be better than we thought this year.
Insider also has a full Patriots preview today. Too much to quote here. Pretty high all around, a little concern about the depth on the offensive line and defensive backfield.