With their 7-1 win over the A’s last night, the Red Sox continued their scalding hot pace and continued to serve notice to the rest of the league that they’re the team to watch out for. Since August 16th, they are now 19-2. Jeff Horrigan’s game story focuses on Derek Lowe, who was pumped up for this one. Sean McAdam looks at how the Sox just keep on piling up win after win on this hot streak. Bob Hohler says that Terry Francona is enjoying this kind of September baseball. David Heuschkel says “the big goof” Lowe, just wins, and did so again last night. Tonight, the Sox throw Pedro Martinez against Tim Hudson, and as Tony Massarotti writes today, Pedro feels as good about this Red Sox team as any that he’s been a part of. He just wants one thing these days, and that’s a ring. Howard Bryant (subscription only) has a look at Manny, who has done a 180 since last season and has become all that the Red Sox hoped and needed he could become. Bryant says Ramirez is at this point the most dangerous he’s ever been at the plate as a member of the Red Sox.
Dan Shaughnessy looks at Trot Nixon, who was activated yesterday, and pinch hit in the ninth inning, but isn’t quite ready to play regularly. He’s still got the fire, as Shaughnessy tells the story of Nixon getting on Don Orsillo after he thought the Sox announcer had “jinxed” the team in Tampa last night. Rob Bradford has a piece on Dave Roberts, who has taken over the locker previously occupied by Nomar, and his clubhouse neighbors and others have noticed quite a difference in that section of the room. Howard Bryant has a look at the A’s still steaming over the job done by the umpires on Monday night. Bryant also has a look at Johnny Damon coming back with a bang last night. Sean McAdam looks at Trot Nixon and Pokey Reese being activated, but notes it’s uncertain when they’re be in the lineup for the Red Sox. Heuschkel’s notebook also discusses Trot and Pokey. Hohler’s notebook has Curt Schilling make a pitch for the Sox to re-sign Pedro and Jason Varitek. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Scott Williamson hoping to be activated Friday in Seattle. McAdam’s notebook looks ahead to the Yankees series 10 days from now.
Jason Stark addresses the situation with the Yankees, Devil Rays and Hurricane Frances. He makes a few decent points that the real idiots are in the front office of Major League Baseball, but doesn’t really address the actual comments made by the Yankees about requesting a forfeit. It’s fun to villainize the Yankees, and the media here and nationwide has had a field day at this week. This might be the first article on a national level from the other side that I’ve seen.
The Patriots and Colts continue to get ready for tomorrow night’s NFL opener in Foxboro. Tom Curran says that no matter what each team is preparing for, they’re likely to see something different. Nick Cafardo has a look at Bill Belichick and how he’s handled his team this preseason. It’s been a different camp this year, and Cafardo indicates that Belichick knows what he’s doing, and is taking a page from the Bill Walsh book for defending a Super Bowl. Michael Felger looks at the Patriots needing to stop Edgerrin James tomorrow night. Jonathan Comey notes that the Patriots will be very thin in the backfield tomorrow night. Eric McHugh looks at some young Patriots who showed enough to make the team. Ian M Clark looks at Ty Warren making progress and looking to make an impact in his second year.
You’re going to hear a lot of about pass interference during tomorrow night’s game, and likely see a lot of flags on the field as the NFL tries to help out the offenses. Alan Greenberg looks at how the point of emphasis is going to affect Ty Law. Chris Kennedy and Glen Farley also have a look at this topic. Michael Parente has the Patriots and Colts both sounding off on the adjustments the league is looking to make. Michael Felger’s Patriots Insider looks at the coaches on bot sides being tight lipped and in full bunker mode. He also looks at the linebackers and the offensive line for the Patriots. Christopher Price looks at the Patriots rookies facing their first big test tomorrow night.
Parente’s notebook looks at Kevin Faulk, out for the season opener. Curran’s notebook says to look for the Patriots to do a lot of throwing tomorrow night. Felger’s notebook looks at the thin backfield for the Patriots, with only Corey Dillon and Patrick Pass on the roster as running backs. Cafardo’s notebook says the game could down to the kickers, and these teams have two of the best in the league.
Some clarification on an item that ran over the weekend in this space. Rich had mentioned some comments made by Ryen Russillo about Bill Simmons’ column regarding the Gary Payton to the Celtics trade.
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