2005 May Mini Drive – Day 1

As I did last year, I’m having a three day “Mini” fund drive in May to bridge the gap until the main Fund Drive in November. Once again there is a page set up for the event, go to http://www.bostonsportsmedia.com/funddrive/ You’ll be able to chart the process of the donations over the next three days. Once again PayPal is the preferred method, and you don’t have to become a PayPal member to donate through that means. Your support is always greatly appreciated – the last six months have been the busiest and most eventful in BSMW history. I recently had to double my bandwidth order with my hosting company due to the influx of new visitors. Take a few minutes and help out the drive, please.

In what universe does four hits = seven runs? For the Red Sox, Oakland was that place. The managed to squeak out a 7-5 win thanks to an Edgar Renteria bases loaded hit in the seventh inning which plated three runs. Tom Yantz says that this was a big hit for the quiet, proud Renteria. Sean McAdam says this one was won with the full help and support of the A’s. Jeff Horrigan looks at a game in which neither side could hold a lead or keep runners off base. Chris Snow looks at a rough night for the starting pitching, Matt Clement gave up five runs, including the first homer he’d surrendered since the opening week of the season.

Tony Massarotti looks at the suddenly hot Edgar Renteria, who after last night is now hitting .556 with the bases loaded this season. No sign of the “Rent-a-wreck” as the shortstop has been cleverly named by the Dennis & Callahan program. Gordon Edes has a piece on last night’s starter, Matt Clement. He speaks to Rene Lachemann, who coached Clement in Chicago and has nothing but good things to say about him. After Edes had the piece yesterday about Terry Francona’s contract, Massarotti today takes Bronson Arroyo and writes that he is deserving of a new, long term contract as well. I don’t quite understand the fascination that the media in Boston has with contracts and feeling that they should inject themselves into the situations. Renteria and Francona were the subjects of an angry rant by Dale Arnold yesterday against the Boston Dirt Dogs website for what he termed “irresponsibility” in their use of quotes from Tony LaRussa and also for taking a line with which Dale joked that Michael Holley wondered if Francona planted the story yesterday.

Horrigan has a brief article on Arroyo beginning his suspension last night. McAdam looks at the Red Sox bad habit of not capitalizing on bases-loaded situations. Snow has an update on Curt Schilling, who still appears weeks away from a return to the rotation. Jonathan Comey says there is no logical reason to be concerned about Manny Ramirez. Christopher Price looks at the strong efforts of the starting pitching in the absence of Schilling and David Wells. Howard Bryant (subscription only) looks at how far and fast the AL West has fallen. Oakland and Seattle were top teams for quite a stretch earlier this decade and now both are stumbling along. Art Martone says Oil Can Boyd would’ve been a great fit with last year’s Red Sox club.

Yantz’s notebook looks at David Wells returning to the rotation this afternoon. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the slow recovery for Schilling. Snow’s notebook looks at what moves the club will likely make to work around Wells’ return and the suspension of Arroyo. McAdam’s notebook looks at Wells’ return today. (Weather permitting)

Tom E Curran has a Patriots Notebook in which he reports that Otis Smith has signed a one-day deal with the Patriots and then retired. He also has some more information on Tom Brady’s new contract. Michael Felger has a piece today on third year defensive lineman Ty Warren and what he is working to improve on this season.

Mark Murphy has a piece on Mark Blount, who has a lot of work to do this summer to prove that he is deserving of playing day from Doc Rivers next season. If he isn’t traded, that is.

Stephen Harris looks at what could be facing the Bruins in the new NHL, if the two side ever get things worked out.

Gabe Kahn takes a look at what teams people love to hate in each sport. Jackie MacMullan has a piece on a tennis prodigy from Billerica and the struggles the whole family faces as they have put all their hopes into the 16 year old daughter.

Rumors are flying everywhere about cuts coming at the Boston Herald. Buyouts have been offered, even sought for by some parties. Multiple sources tell me that the following sports writers will be taking the buyout package:

Kevin Mannix – Patriots/NFL
George Kimball – Columnist
Mike Shalin – Boston College
Joe Gordon – Golf
Gus Martins – Soccer

As of June 30th, these will be gone. However, they may still appear on the pages of your paper, as they could be kept around to do free-lance work. A couple sources were pretty definitive that these were the ones for sure who had been bought out. If the list changes, I’ll let you know…

John Molori’s Media Blitz has a look at the Revolution’s red hot start getting a little attention and also takes a look at the future of the Celtics on 1510, and situation perhaps made more tenuous by the comments of Wyc Grousbeck on WEEI last week. Rob Bradford has an interview with WEEI and “Ted Nation” producer Marc Merriman.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 3:30. ESPN has Cardinals/Phillies at 7:00. ESPN2 has Giants/Rockies at 7:00. TNT has Mavericks/Suns at 9:00.

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