The Red Sox suffered another late night loss on the West coast, and that’s really about it for sports today. We have a few tidbits here and there, but the Red Sox are king of the hill for media attention. If you turn on sports radio, be prepared for Star Wars talk. The morning show thinks its stupid, the afternoon show thinks its great and they’re going to 12:00 AM showings Thursday. That’s about all you need to know.
The Red Sox West coast struggles continued last night with a 6-4 loss to the Oakland A’s, who snapped an eight game losing streak with the win. Jeff Horrigan says that the A’s fans finally had something to drink to. Chris Snow says it was the men left on base all night that did the Sox in. Sean McAdam writes that the Sox just could not get through the open door of opportunity. Tom Yantz notes that two streaks came to an end last night. the A’s eight game losing streak and the Red Sox nine game winning streak over the A’s.
Gordon Edes demands to know why Terry Francona did not receive a raise after winning the World Series. Tony Massarotti looks at Mike Timlin, who despite giving up the go ahead runs last night, has still been unbelievably strong at age 39. He wonders if the fact that he’s from Texas has something to do with it. McAdam looks at Kevin Youkilis making his debut start at first base last night. Horrigan has Kevin Millar downplaying the batting tips he gave to Seattle catcher Miguel Olivo over the weekend. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) writes that Millar is far more valuable to the Red Sox in the clubhouse than he is at the plate, and it’s for that reason that he will remain in the lineup and a vital part of the club.
Joe Haggerty looks at Johnny Damon’s contract situation and notes that he has a booster in Jason Varitek as well as in the manager. Snow has a piece on Trot Nixon, playing through a leg injury and thriving at the plate. Bill Reynolds says we may never figure out Manny Ramirez, but we should certainly appreciate his skills at the plate. Art Martone looks at the other times a Red Sox slugger has hit home run number 400. Garry Brown wonders how far Manny can go…500…600…700?
Dan Shaughnessy and Mark Murphy report on Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd starting his comeback with the Brockton Rox last night, pitching three innings, striking out three and giving up just one hit. Murphy also has a brief chat with Rich Gedman, who managed the opposing team last night, as well as a little player reaction from the opposition. Lenny Megliola says that Mark McGwire surely isn’t enjoying his retirement as much as he probably wishes he could.
Snow’s notebook reports that the signs indicate that David Wells will return to the rotation tomorrow night. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Youkilis’ debut at first base. McAdam’s notebook has more on Trot’s injury’s which will require offseason surgery, a subject also tackled in Yantz’s notebook.
Michael Felger has a look at third year center Dan Koppen, getting ready for another season in the trenches. He also has word that Bill Belichick will receive an honorary doctorate from Wesleyan this weekend. So that will be Dr. Belichick to you reporters from now on… (Note: Belichick already has an honorary doctorate, received from BU last year.)
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell talks with Bruins Captain Joe Thornton about his year away from the NHL, which included plenty of hockey.
Frank Dell’Apa looks at the undefeated (6-0-1) New England Revolution playing a defensive brand of soccer. He also has a piece on Malcolm Glazer’s purchase of Manchester United, a move that has not been popular across the pond.
Stan Grossfeld has a feature on the nation’s only prison with a golf course…but the inmates are not allowed to play.
Bill Griffith has his Tuesday media notes, which include a look at the Hot Dog Safari, Bob Lobel and his attorney taking action and other notes from the airwaves.
NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 10:00. TNT has Pacers/Pistons at 7:00 and Spurs/Sonics at 9:30.