Damon’s double leads Sox past Angels

(Saturday links by Bryan – bryan @ bostonsportsmedia.com)

A two-out, bases-clearing double by Johnny Damon lifted the Sox to their second
straight dramatic win at Fenway–7-4 over the Angels. Sox stories make up most of today’s posting, but we also have a link on another potential suitor for the Celtics radio rights.

Nick Cafardo, Jeff Horrigan, Joe McDonald, Lenny Megliola, David Borges, and Paul Doyle deliver the game stories on the Sox victory (box score).

The game marked the return of Orlando Cabrera to Fenway, and the energetic shortsop was given a standing ovation by the fans in his first at-bat. Howard Bryant, Adam Kilgore, and David Borges have stories on Cabrera.

Ron Indrisano and Steve Conroy have more on the big hit by Damon.

In a subscriber-only column for the Herald this morning, Bryant writes that the last two wins for the Red Sox may be the start of a hot streak:

“While the details are always important, more important for the Sox was the feel that something big is brewing. It is a feeling that has been all to fleeting this season.”

Is it just me, or does the media really love talking about “turning points”–games or moments that somehow instantly shift a team’s “momentum” from one direction to another. Bryant doesn’t go that far, but talk has certainly been in the air the last two days that the walkoff home run by David Ortiz on Thursday meant more than just a single victory. Maybe it did; maybe it didn’t. The Sox also took back-to-back games from Oakland last month on the strength of walkoff home runs by Kevin Millar and Jason Varitek to cap a stretch of eight wins in nine games. Rather than “starting to get their swagger back,” as Ian Browne suggested, the Sox promptly lost four of their next six on the West Coast. Turning points and momentum are all fun to talk about – they make good sport talk-show fodder – but most often there is very little carry-over effect from one game to the next. I say let’s just enjoy each game on its own merits and hold off the “big-picture” talk for a while.

Speaking of the Ortiz blast, ProJo sports editor Art Martone talks about Big Papi’s penchant for delivering walkoff home runs in Art’s Audio Notebook. (You’ll need to click on the link at the bottom of the ProJo’s Red Sox page) I hope we’ll see these multimedia efforts from all the papers more often.

In their Red Sox notebooks today, McDonald and Paul Kenyon, Horrigan, and Cafardo have more on David Wells, who picked up strikeout No. 2,000 of his career last night.

Former Sox utility infielder and current Angel Lou Merloni is out for the season but was also in town last night. Horrigan and Borges have stories on Framingham Lou.

Indrisano and Conroy have words from Millar on his upcoming appearance on “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” (Tuesday night at 10:00 on Bravo).

Soccer/tennis/Celtics radio rights
Frank Dell’Apa and Gus Martins preview tonight’s Revolution-Wizards matchup. The Revs are off to their best start ever, at 6-0-3, but will be missing several key players tonight.

Bud Collins has coverage from the French Open for the Globe.

Boston Radio Watch has the news that WBZ is making a push to acquire the Celtics radio rights.

Today’s lineup
Fox 25 brodcasts the Sox and Angels at 1:00pm (1:20 start). The Revolution-Wizards tilt will be shown on Channel 56 at 7:30. TNT has Game 6 between Miami and Detroit at 8:00.