“The Red Sox got win number 90 on the season, thanks to some ninth inning heroics from Mark Bellhorn, to beat the Orioles 3-2. Bellhorn picked up Keith Foulke who would’ve been on the hook after giving up a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth. That set the stage for some bottom of the ninth magic for the Sox. Michael Silverman has the action from Fenway. Sean McAdam looks at the heroics of Bellhorn. David Heuschkel notes that Curt Schilling was absolutely dominant last night, going eight shutout innings with 14 strikeouts. Garry Brown says the Red Sox took a haymaker in the top of the ninth, but refused to go down. David Borges looks at the Red Sox finally extracting some revenge against their 2004 nemesis, the Orioles. Peter May says it was clutch efforts from both Schilling and Bellhorn last night that got the Red Sox the win. Lenny Megliola also looks at Bellhorn rescuing the Sox. Finally, Joe Haggerty also has a look at the action from Fenway.
Bob Ryan looks at Curt Schilling, and says the Red Sox got everything they paid for in this guy and more. He asserts at the end that last night was the “opening night of Curt Schilling’s personal second season.” Despite leading the majors, and on the verge of breaking the Red Sox single season record for strikeouts, Mark Bellhorn came through against a strikeout pitcher last night. Mark Murphy looks at the hit and the season for the Red Sox second baseman. Alex Speier and Karen Guregian have articles on Bronson Arroyo, who has come a long way since first joining the Red Sox organization and has established himself as a legit Major League starting pitcher, with potential for even greater things. Steve Bailey in the Globe looks at efforts by the Red Sox to crack down on scalping, especially as the Yankees come to town this weekend. Murphy also has the story of Wade Boggs and the Red Sox mending fences, as Boggs will be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Steve Buckley (subscription only) has a look at Curt Schilling’s outing last night. He didn’t get the win, but he showed how vital he is to the team. Buckley takes a little jab at Pedro Martinez’s line from the other day when Pedro said of himself that he was just a guy “doing his job”, he says Schilling has done more than that. Buckley does give Pedro his props as far as all time status, but says for this year, Schilling is clearly the guy. Jim Donaldson has a thoughts style column today and he too uses it as a forum to take a jab at Pedro. Lenny Megliola in his column linked above also made a jibe at Pedro, saying Schilling is “really the ace”. This is something I just don’t get. The media says the fans do this, but they’re even more guilty. It is impossible for them to praise one guy without putting down the other. They have to pick a guy and elevate him and in showing how good he is, instead of letting his accomplishments and on the field play speak for themselves, they have to put the other guy down. Apparently there is no room to share glory or status. Has to be one guy and one guy only. I, for one am glad to have both Schilling and Pedro on the Red Sox, and I don’t really care who starts game one of any series, as long as the team is there.
Howard Bryant (subscription only) is 50/50 Baseball and Hockey today. He says the stretch drive is money time for some members of the Red Sox. He says the Orioles could be interested in Derek Lowe for next season and that Anaheim could take a run at Pedro in the offseason. He compares the NHL labor situation to the disastrous 1994 baseball work stoppage. He ends his column with a suggestion that baseball think about having the second base umpire call the balls and strikes. He says that way, the umpire has the same view as seen on television and that most of the players see as well.
Silverman’s notebook looks at Keith Foulke being saved last night. The rest of the notebooks deal with the activation of Byung-Hyun Kim. Silverman’s notebook says Kim wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason, but Brown’s notebook says he would be. It’s probably an unlikely scenario in any event. McAdam’s notebook says a heartfelt apology from Kim last week convinced even his harshest doubters to give him another chance. May’s notebook says it’s uncertain what Kim’s role will be. Heuschkel’s notebook says Kim’s side sessions showed his stuff to be the best it’s been all year. Borges’ notebook also has a look at Kim’s activation.
Michael Parente, Chris Kennedy and Nick Cafardo each look at second year safety Eugene Wilson. Michael Felger’s Patriots Insider looks at the Patriots one game at a time approach, has Don Shula praising the Pats, some trickery by Mike Vrabel, and Dennis Green showing (a lack of) humility. George Kimball (subscription only) has more curious remarks from Green, who made comments to the effect that Vrabel probably thinks he played the worst game of his career Sunday because he had about 10 shots at the QB and didn’t get there. Vrabel doesn’t understand why he’s singled out by Green, but takes the high road and gives him the benefit of the doubt. Jonathan Comey says the Dolphins look really bad, and has power rankings for the rest of the NFL. Kimball’s notebook has updates on Adrian Klemm and Rosevelt Colvin. Cafardo’s notebook deals with…Drew Bledsoe. Big surprise. He gets Ted Johnson to say that Drew is not done.
Greg Gatlin looks at NESN taking the plunge into reality TV.
NESN has Red Sox/Orioles at 7:00. (ESPN Nationally) ESPN2 has Cubs/Pirates at 7:00 and Astros/Giants at 10:00. CN8’s Sports Pulse will have Shira Springer on to talk Celtics at 10:00. “Dirt Dog” Steve Silva will also be a guest on the program. Sports Plus on NESN at 11:00 will have Bob Ryan and Nick Cafardo looking ahead the Yankee invasion of the Fenway over the weekend.