Way behind this morning…
The Red Sox got beaten once again by the Boston Strangler, Ted Lilly (apologies to Andrew Toney) Chris Snow looks at the lefty once again dominating the Red Sox. Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox going the wrong way while up North. Steven Krasner has the Red Sox cognizant of the fact that they need to start hitting again, starting tonight. David Heuschkel looks at Bronson Arroyo’s return to the rotation, a sloppy outing that earned him his first loss. David Borges has David Ortiz saying that Lilly is their daddy.
Nick Cafardo wonders what’s wrong with the Red Sox, while Tony Massarotti reports that we could be waiting for a Curt Schilling return for a long time…the end of July perhaps. It doesn’t get much better in the other articles of the day, Massarotti has players grumbling about the team medical staff, and says that as Kevin Millar goes, so go the Red Sox. Cafardo has Jay Payton wishing he could play more. Silverman and Massarotti team up to report that Keith Foulke did go to Alabama…to have his pitching mechanics analyzed at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham. Alex Speier talks to Edgar Renteria about his struggles so far and about his determination to turn things around in Boston. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that the interview on WEEI wasn’t one of Tony LaRussa’s shining moments.
Either La Russa really is a smart guy who used some reverse psychology to call into question Renteria's ability to handle the Boston baseball market (which would be really mean-spirited), or else he was simply too dumb to realize the damage his words might cause.
Snow’s notebook conflicts the report by Silverman & Massarotti by having Foulke say he went to Alabama to visit a “barbecue restaurant called Happy Day, not Andrews’s American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham.” Heuschkel’s notebook also has the barbecue story. Silverman’s notebook looks at Trot Nixon getting another start against a lefty. Krasner’s notebook also looks at this angle. Borges’ notebook has Shawn Wooten talking about Kelly Shoppach.
Jerome Solomon has the story of two Patriots who missed most of their rookie campaign, Benjamin Watson and Guss Scott – who are both hoping to make a big impact this year. Michael Felger talks to Duane Starks about whether he’s here to replace Ty Law. Mike Reiss has some more details on Troy Brown’s contract numbers, wonders if Roman Phifer is the next to return and has a couple other notes. Football Outsiders looks at the draft for the AFC East teams.
Jackie MacMullan looks at Boston businessman Steve Belkin, enjoying his venture of owning the Atlanta Hawks and Thrashers, but still wistfully wondering what might’ve been regarding the Celtics and Larry Bird. Peter May looks at the Heat evening up the Eastern Conference Finals at one game apiece.
Bill Reynolds looks at how television changed the life of “Contender” Peter Manfredo Jr.
Gus Martins looks at the depth of the Revolution being tested by callups to the National team. Martins’ notebook looks at Avery John, a member of the Trinidad & Tobago team which has had it’s struggles.
A site always worth checking out is Chad Finn’s Touching all the Bases. Today he’s got an extensive list of Red Sox enemies.
NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00.