Miller tames Braves

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The Red Sox got back on the winning track last night at Fenway Park, defeating the Atlanta Braves, 4-3 behind 6 1/3 strong innings from Wade Miller. Michael Silverman says that just about everyone was impressed with Miller…except Miller. David Heuschkel writes that Miller felt the least comfortable in his three starts so far last night. Nick Cafardo notes that it was another nail-biting save for Keith Foulke, who needed a double play in order to preserve Miller’s victory. Steven Krasner says that it wasn’t a perfect win, but it was pretty close. Lenny Megliola agrees that it was quite a night at Fenway. Mike Fine and David Borges round up the game recaps.

Michael Silverman has the second of his two part series on the Red Sox organizational philosophies, this time looking at the pitching side. Dan Shaughnessy turns in a run of the mill effort saying that Interleague play has run its course. His biggest reason seems to be because the Red Sox have no natural rival. Jon Couture says that we saw the Wade Miller we had hoped for last night. Mike Shalin looks at Jason Varitek’s role in the win last night. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Curt Schilling shedding the boot on his ankle and preparing for the next step of his rehab. Silverman’s notebook reports on Doub Mirabelli landing on the DL after hurting his wrist in batting practice. The ProJo notebook and Fine’s notebook each have more on Schilling, while Borges’ notebook and Heuschkel’s notebook each focus on Mirabelli.

The Celtics and Danny Ainge agreed to a new three year contract extension yesterday, ensuring that the developmental plan that had been in place will continue. Shira Springer reports that the deal only took “two or three minutes” to negotiate, showing how satisfied both parties have been with how things have gone thus far. Steve Bulpett notes that Ainge felt that now was the right time to get this deal done. Carolyn Thornton has a fairly extensive article with Ainge noting that he is grateful that these owners can see the “big picture”. Michael Gee (subscription only) says it’s still too early to say whether Ainge will succeed or not, the extension ensures that we’ll get to see whether his “vauge master plan” is sound or not. He notes he has made some progress so far, the extension lets it continue.

Eric McHugh looks at Milton’s Tim Bulman from Boston College, who is hoping to hook on with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bill Griffith has a short report on Bob Lobel’s lawsuit against ”Get Fuzzy” comic strip creator Darby Conley, United Feature Syndicate, and the New Bedford Standard-Times.

NESN has Red Sox/Braves at 7:00.

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