The Red Sox finished off a three game set with the Reds last night at Fenway, the Yankees unveiled plans for a new stadium, plenty of US Open previews as well as some NBA and TV articles on the docket for today.
For the fourth straight game the Red Sox got outstanding starting pitching and the offense provided more than enough support as Boston completed a three game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 6-1 victory at Fenway. David Heuschkel says that the Red Sox did everything right and that Reds could not have look more overmatched in this series. Joe McDonald looks at Bronson Arroyo picking up his first win in six weeks with his strong outing. Jeff Horrigan looks at David Ortiz once again leading the offense with two hits and 3 RBI. Nick Cafardo writes about Arroyo shaking off his sluggish feeling of the last couple months and getting the win. David Borges and Joe Haggerty complete the game stories with looks at Arroyo stepping up and getting the job done on a frigid June night.
Dan Shaughnessy says that things are different around Fenway this year. Not necessarily bad, he says more than once, but more relaxed, less intense. Anil Adyanthaya has a Red Sox Nation citizenship test, any true follower of the team should be able to answer the questions on it. Alex Speier looks at the Boston bats starting to find their groove and pick up the production. Adam Kilgore looks at the larger then life David Ortiz, who you will be seeing a lot more of around town, especially if you like sandwiches. Michael Silverman says Ortiz was tempted by the prospect of a triple last night, but put on the brakes at second to play it safe. Steven Krasner and Borges looks at Tommy John surgery for Rocco Baldelli, it means he’ll have had ACL and Tommy John surgery in the same year, both injuries that could’ve ended a career not so long ago. Jon Wallach says you shoulda seen Ken Griffey Jr in his prime.
Steve Buckley (subscription only) looks at Bronson Arroyo finding his way last night. He wonders if the suspension for the Tampa Bay incident is what messed him up. Horrigan has Terry Francona touting Mike Timlin as an All Star, a decision the Red Sox (and All Star) manager can make himself. Buckley also talks to Bill Mueller, who would prefer not to play second base, if given the choice. Krasner’s notebook says that Kevin Millar appears to thrive when faced with competition for his job. Heuschkel’s notebook has Keith Foulke refusing to talk about his health. Borges’ notebook looks at Francona making preparations to serve as All Star manager. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the progress the Red Sox are making towards signing their draft picks. Cafardo’s notebook leads with Francona avoiding a suspension.
Sasha Talcott and Dom Amore looks at the Yankees plans for a new stadium, which could once again add to the cash flow that the Yankees enjoy. Adam Kilgore gets Red Sox reaction to the announcement. You can check out the New York stories on the plans over at the BSMW New York Sports Headlines page.
If you missed the Kevin Millar interview on WEEI yesterday, there will be at least some segments from it later this morning here on BSMW.
Bob Ryan has a column on Sergio Gracia this morning, as the 25 year old continues to search for his first Major title. There are plenty of other US Open articles this morning, the Herald has a huge Golf Section and there are several pieces in the Globe as well.
Shira Springer has a piece on Antonio McDyess, who managed to stay healthy as a role player for the Pistons this year. McDyess nearly joined the Celtics last summer, but opted to sign with Detroit instead. Springer’s notebook looks at the Union hoping the re-open talks with the league.
Bill Griffith looks at John Madden agreeing to a six year deal with NBC.
ABC has Spurs/Pistons Game 4 at 9:00.