Curt gets Number 20

The Red Sox rolled over the Devil Rays last night in their tuneup game before facing the Yankees (rain permitting) starting tonight in New York. Curt Schilling got his 20th victory of the season. Bob Hohler takes a look at the accomplishment and the win for the team. Jeff Horrigan also focuses on Schilling in his game report. Kevin McNamara notes it was a party-like atmosphere at Fenway last night. Tom Yantz says Schilling pitched just as he did against Northeastern back on March 5th. David Borges’ game story is all about the numbers. Lenny Megliola has a look at Schilling and the impact he’s had on the Red Sox this season. Joe Haggerty concludes the game stories and Schilling accolades.

So it’s onto New York. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the latest chapter in the great rivalry. Sean McAdam says the Red Sox seem ready to take on this biggest challenge. David Heuschkel looks at the rejuvenated Sox talking brave heading into the Bronx. Rich Thompson says Bill Mueller’s walk off homerun against Mariano Rivera was the real key to turning around the season for the Sox. Garry Brown looks at Bronson Arroyo flying ahead to New York to get ready for tonight’s start. Thompson also looks at Arroyo’s preparations for the biggest start of his career.

Gerry Callahan (subscription only) asserts the the Red Sox couldn’t be facing the Yankees at a better time. It all seems to be falling into place for the Red Sox and they seem to be the ones in charge, even though the Yankees still lead in the standings. He thanks the trade of Nomar for all of this. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says the Red Sox believe that they are the better team than the Yankees, and now is the time to prove it. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says to forget history, this rivalry goes to the steel cage match starting tonight.

W. Zachary Malinowski has a feature style article on Orlando Cabrera’s arrival to the Sox and what it has meant to both him and the team. John Tomase takes a look at the future shortstop of the Red Sox, young Hanley Ramirez, who is around the team, watching and observing. Ron Indrisano has a look at the hot-again Kevin Millar. Hohler’s notebook has a look at Bronson Arroyo, who isn’t changed by his plunking of ARod earlier this season. Horrigan’s notebook reports that Ellis Burks could activated as early as tonight. McAdam’s notebook says Bill Mueller could possibly play this weekend too. Yantz’s notebook has more on the red hot Millar. Borges’ notebook has more on Arroyo.

Michael Felger looks at Vince Wilfork, who has made steady improvement in his play and made some big contributions last week against the Colts. Joe Burris looks at 35 year old Emmitt Smith, who still feels he has the skill level to be an effective NFL running back. Hector Longo has the Patriots showing respect to Smith. Tom Curran looks at Deion Branch, who is rapidly making a name for himself around the league, and gets about the highest praise Bill Belichick will hand out about a player: “I’m glad we have him.” Michael Parente looks at the Cardinals, noting that the Defense could present some problems and the Patriots might want to try to go after the Cardinals offense. Chris Kennedy says the Cardinals are a work in progress. Glen Farley notes that after Sunday, the Patriots won’t play until October 3rd.

Eric McHugh looks at the Patriots struggles in kick and punt returns. Ian M Clark has a look at the planned tributes to Pat Tillman on Sunday. Christopher Price has a look at Corey Dillon. Burris’ notebook has a further look at Vince Wilfork. Felger’s notebook says that Ben Watson sat out practice yesterday, but wasn’t listed on the injury report for Sunday. Curran’s notebook has the 1972 Dolphins showing the Patriots no respect for their winning streak. Kennedy’s notebook looks at the Cardinals’ tall receivers. McHugh’s notebook has injury updates.

Stephen Harris says the NHL owners might just eventually impose their own new system without the approval of the players. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says the owners are all in unison on the lockout issues. Barry Scanlon looks at the Bruins empty training facility in Wilmington. Joe McDonald looks at Andrew Raycroft’s plans for the lockout.

Bill Griffith looks at this weekend’s Sylvania 300 at NHIS. Dave Scott has comments and observations on the state of newspaper and radio sports coverage around the country. Andrew Neff looks at struggles for a Red Sox radio affiliate in Maine.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. (ESPN Nationally) Stay away from ESPN following the game, as they will have the ill-conceived “Who’s Curse Is Worse? Red Sox & Cubs, On Trial”. I can tell already that show is going to be dreadful. ESPN2 will have Boston College/UConn college football at 8:00.