Troy Brown returns to the fold

(Sunday links by Bryan: bryan @ bostonsportsmedia.com)

The Sox fall to the Braves in a wet and sloppy game at Fenway, and Troy Brown is returning to the Patriots.

We’ll start with Brown. On “New England Sports Tonight” earlier this week, Michael Felger said he expected the wide receiver would re-sign with the Patriots, noting that 1) Brown hadn’t visited with any other clubs in the offseason to talk about a deal, and 2) No. 80′s name plate hadn’t been removed from the Patriots locker room at Gillette. The latter was not an oversight, Felger said, because Bill Belichick’s staff overlooks nothing.

Felger either was either taking good notes on a spring wander through the locker room, or had some good information from his sources. Brown is indeed back with the Patriots for the 2005 season, and Felger has the story in today’s Herald. Mike Reiss had the report on Brown in his Reiss’ Pieces blog yesterday afternoon at 5:31. Jerome Solomon has the story for the Globe.

Felger also has public words from Tedy Bruschi, who says he hasn’t yet made a decision on whether to play this season.

In a Sunday NFL notes column today, Nick Cafardo looks at the Ravens naming former Giants head coach Jim Fassel as their new offensive coordinator. Kevin Mannix, meanwhile, leads with an update on Tim Hasselbeck, a former quarterback at Boston College and now a backup for the Giants.

Solomon also has a feature on Logan Mankins, including the horrific details of a summer 2000 truck crash that left the first-round pick’s brother, Morgan, with severe brain damage.

Soggy night at Fenway
There aren’t many positives to take from the Red Sox’ rain-soaked 7-5 loss to the Braves last night (box score).

Cafardo, Jeff Horrigan, Steven Krasner, and David Heuschkel file the game stories.

Edgar Renteria had two of Boston’s four errors last night and was also ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the ninth inning. Paul Harber writes about Renteria’s struggles this season. Mike Shalin, meanwhile, has an article on Tim Wakefield’s rough outing. Robert Lee writes about Johnny Damon, one of the few bright spots for Boston on an otherwise dreary night.

Curt Schilling and his ankle are among the topics in the Sox notebooks by Cafardo, Horrigan, and Krasner.

Bob Ryan compares the Red Sox’ start this season to the starts of former Red Sox clubs the “year after” previous championships and other standout campaigns.

In paid columns in the Herald, Steve Buckley writes about the successful major league debut of Atlanta starter – and Georgia native – Kyle Davies, while Michael Gee examines the offensive slumps of several Sox players.

Buckley also delivers a very enjoyable read with a feature on Sox legend and Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, who was in town last week.

Williams always referred to Doerr as the ``silent captain of the Red Sox.'' And in 1986, when Doerr received the call informing him he'd been elected to the Hall of Fame, it was Williams who was on the phone.

``Well, first it was Ed Stack from the Hall of Fame,'' said Doerr. ``Someone had told me I missed by one vote the year before, so when Ed Stack called, I'm saying to myself, 'Oh, my, am I really in the Hall of Fame?' And then he handed the phone to Ted, who came on the line and said, 'You're a Hall of Famer now, Bobby.' I still get excited just thinking about it.''

Tony Massarotti looks at the upcoming baseball draft in his Sunday “Covering All Bases” column today.

Gorden Edes checks in with Gabe Kapler, who’s having a miserable go of it in Japan.

On the air
1510 the Zone broadcasts all day today (9:00-4:00pm) from Suffolk Downs, site of Eddie Andelman’s annual “Hot Dog Safari”. “Sports Court” follows from 4:00-6:00, and will include a discussion of the Bob Lobel libel lawsuit, which, according to Bill Griffith was filed in Norfolk Superior Court by Lobel’s attorney Harry Manion on Thursday.

Griffith has more on Lobel in his regular Sunday “SporTView” column, but this time he’s referring to the ”25 Years of Boston Sports” tape scheduled to run on Channel 4′s “Sports Final” tonight.

NESN broadcasts the finale of the Sox-Braves series this afternoon at 2:00.