Down the stretch they come…

It all begins tonight. We get an extra day of September baseball with the Angels coming into town to face Curt Schilling and the Red Sox to battle for the Wild Card lead. Bob Hohler looks at the Angels from the perspective of Dave Roberts as well as some of the other Red Sox. A minor correction in the article, Hohler states that the Angels have won 10 in a row coming in, they’ve won nine of their last 10. Art Martone says that the Sox have taken their game to a higher level, going 20-8 since The Trade. John Tomase suggests that even though it’s still August, the Sox could be nine days away from October. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) lists off how things need to be for the Sox in September, how they can avoid derailing the train that is gaining momentum. They need to keep Manny happy, play the defensive guys, keep Pedro quiet about his contract and get Dale Sveum some guidelines. Dennis and Callahan continued this topic on WEEI this morning, trying to put together the postseason roster and worrying about who (Millar, Roberts, Reese, Bellhorn) is going to be complaining about not playing and ruining the entire month for the team.

Mike Fine says there is no time to waste for the Red Sox. Tony Massarotti says that this Red Sox starting rotation might be the best in team history. David Heuschkel looks at the experienced Red Sox setup men, Mike Timlin and Alan Embree, and how they’ll both be here next season after reaching option incentives on the same day. Steve Buckley (subscription only) has a rather pointless column, talking about September callups of the past, and he too takes a crack at putting together the postseason roster. I love it how these guys always say the fans get too far ahead of themselves in anointing players and putting teams in the playoffs prematurely. Hohler’s notebook details how Mark Bellhorn has more than made up for the loss of Todd Walker. Massarotti’s brief notebook looks at who might get added to the rosters when they are expanded.

In an article in the Wall Street Journal today titled “A Baseball Owner Is Beaned by the Market.” (subscription only) Red Sox owner John W. Henry seeks to reassure Red Sox fans that even though his fund is in a slump, it won’t effect his running of the Red Sox:

Unlike with most firms, there is a group on Wall Street with no connection to John Henry & Co. that nonetheless is pulling hard for Mr. Henry's firm to turn around: die-hard Red Sox fans. Some of these people worry that continued losses might make Mr. Henry less likely to open his wallet to help the Red Sox add new, expensive players. "If he loses 20% of his assets I can't fathom how that would be a positive for the Red Sox," says Kevin Caliendo, a lifelong Red Sox fan who manages health-care stocks for Citigroup.

Mr. Caliendo knows the Red Sox are run by Mr. Henry as a separate business from his investment firm. And Mr. Henry notes the Red Sox are profitable and he says the Red Sox fans needn't worry about his investment returns.

Rosevelt Colvin is still a hot topic of interest down in Foxboro. Many media types in the offseason speculated that he would never play again. He’s made it back on the field, and in the last two games played as much as anybody in an effort to get himself back into form. Michael Parente and Chris Kennedy take a look at the progress of the 27 year old linebacker, who hopes to be taking down quarterbacks on a regular basis once again. Howard Ulman also has an AP article on Colvin. Alan Greenberg looks at the depleted receiver corps for the Patriots, who have Troy Brown and David Givens dinged up, which gives some opportunities to the young tight ends to pick up some slack. Adam Kilgore has a look at Stephen Neal, a piece that’s been done before, but is usually interesting nonetheless. Funny line from Matt Light, saying he’s learned not to try to wrestle Neal.

Tom Brady looked sharp on Saturday night and his presence back there inspires a lot of confidence, both in his teammates and the fans. Rich Thompson has Corey Dillon putting the moniker of “The Truth” on Brady. (Don’t tell Paul Pierce.) Kevin McNamara says that despite all that he has accomplished already in his career, Brady still hopes to improve on some things as he enters his fifth season in the NFL. Eric McHugh looks at the impressive play of Benjamin Watson during the preseason. He suggests that Watson just may have been worth waiting through that holdout for. Glen Farley says the Patriots really have no time to waste before getting into their next preseason game, Thursday night. Christopher Price says the Patriots still have some fine tuning to do on Thursday night. Kilgore’s notebook looks at Brown’s injury. Thompson’s notebook has more on Colvin. McNamara’s notebook looks ahead at the roster cuts. Parente’s notebook says the Jaguars will provide the Patriots with another test. McHugh’s notebook looks at the absence of Ty Law and Rohan Davey on Saturday night.

Steve Conroy says Joe Thornton might have a hard time cracking the lineup for the Canadian World Cup team.

Dave Scott looks at the Sunday Night shows, rate the Olympic coverage for the local press, has some interesting observation on Internet sports coverage and more in today’s Scott’s Shots. Bill Griffith wraps up the Olympic coverage as well, and has some notes from the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radiothon.

NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 7:00. ESPN2 will have the World Cup of Hockey, USA vs Canada at 7:00.

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