Bruce’s vacation begins

(Bruce is on vacation this week. Fill-in links posted by Bryan: [email protected])

A few links from the papers while listening to Doug Flutie and Kevin Millar talk on “The Big Show” on WEEI…

Sox take two of three in Texas
In spite of another shaky outing by closer Keith Foulke (read the sidebar story by Karen Guregian) in the 9th inning yesterday, the Red Sox managed to hold on for a 6-5 win against the Rangers (box score). Edgar Renteria’s average fell to .227 with a 1-for-5 performance at the plate, and he also committed his fourth error of the season, but an “On Baseball” column by Gordon Edes says the Sox expect their shortstop to round into form soon.

First baseman Kevin Millar (.250, 0 home runs) is also struggling, and the Red Sox have signed first baseman John Olerud to help at the position. Chris Snow and Michael Silverman have reports on the roster shuffles being made by the Sox to accommodate Olerud.

Silverman also has a feature article on team massage therapist Russell Nua.

In a story from yesterday’s Eagle-Tribune, Alan Siegel catches up with Doug Mientkiewicz, who hasn’t yet decided where he will safely store his World Series ring. Also from yesterday, Edes writes about commissioner Bud Selig’s new, tougher proposal on steroid testing. I would guess that Donald Fehr will have a little something to say in response to Selig’s “three strikes, and you’re out” plan. Also on the steroid front, Minnesota reliever Juan Rincon was suspended for 10 days today by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

In the Sunday business section, the Globe’s Bruce Mohl and Charles Stein had a look at the exorbitant prices fans are willing to pay for Sox tickets, as well as the general economics of sports ticket reselling.

Celtics-Pacers Game 5 tomorrow night
Another two days off between Celtics playoff games. Today Peter May writes that the Pacers are still holding out hope that injured point guard Jamaal Tinsley, who has been sidelined since February, will return to the lineup in this series. One player certain to play tomorrow night is Antoine Walker, who was suspended for Saturday’s Game 4. An unnamed ProJo story has Doc Rivers insisting the Walker will reclaim his starting spot. Steve Bulpett also reports on the return of Walker.

Dan Shaughnessy has a basketball-oriented picking-up-the-pieces column today, but does include this interesting Red Sox note:

One final thought, which has nothing to do with basketball. Has anyone else noticed the cheesy subliminal trick NESN plays every time it broadcasts a replay during a Red Sox game? You have to watch closely, but the World Series trophy flashes across your screen for a nanosecond leading into and out of every replay. It's downright Pavlovian. Do the Sox think anyone around here has forgotten they won?

I hadn’t seen the World Series nanosecond flash.

Other links
Mike Reiss has several Patriots notes today in his Reiss’ Pieces blog. Frank Dell’Apa chronicles the fast start (4-0-1) for the New England Revolution.

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