The Red Sox make it three wins in a row over the National League, we’ve got a number of football stories still, a look at the Pistons taking game three, some Tiger Woods articles for this weekend’s US Open, and the Globe issues a disclaimer.
David Wells was once again on his game, and for the third straight night the Red Sox received strong starting pitching and also crushed the ball. David Heuschkel says that Wells has upheld his reputation as an interleague ace. Jeff Horrigan looks at how Wells flirted with a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings last night. Nick Cafardo looks at a strong all around game for the Red Sox, which included a home run for Manny Ramirez, who might be coming around. Steven Krasner notes that since Theo Epstein spoke out over the weekend, the starters for the Red Sox have been outstanding. Rom Chimelis calls last night one of the finest performances in Wells’ long career. David Borges notes that Wells earned himself another $200,000 with the start last night – and was worth every penny. Christopher Price says Wells has rounded into form nicely. Lenny Megliola also looks at Wells, who knows he has to pitch well at Fenway.
Alex Speier writes that though Wells is only 5-4, his victories have been “ace-like stuff”. Jim Donaldson says that the key for Wells is always getting ahead in the count. Tony Massarotti has more on the incentives earned by Wells by taking the mound last night and how he is still a bargain. Stephen Harris looks at tonight’s starter, Bronson Arroyo, who hopes to break out of his slide and turn in a strong performance. Christopher Price looks at a tale of two seasons this year for Arroyo. Gordon Edes says that the reason Keith Foulke hadn’t pitched in nearly a week was a flareup of back problems, but the Red Sox closer looked sharp last night. Art Martone says that the ceremony naming the left field foul pole for Carlton Fisk was a swing and miss by the Red Sox owners. Howard Bryant’s Boston Uncommon (subscription only) looks at the gap between the AL and NL as evidenced by pitchers who switch leagues. He also looks at the glut of books on the market (27 to date) regarding the Red Sox World Series victory. He recommends a couple other baseball books if you’re looking to get some separation from that historic event to get some perspective.
Marvin Pave looks at how Mike Myers keeps showing up making his appearances and getting guys out. Ron Chimelis says that the Red Sox biggest problem has been not playing with a sense of urgency. In a another piece by Harris, Jason Varitek says of Manny in a quote that appears in other articles this morning as well: “He doesn’t have to be anything more than he is – the best right-handed hitter in the game.” Somewhere, Peter Gammons is cringing. Jason, have you ever heard of Albert Pujols? (Just kidding, Peter.) Joe McDonald looks at Manny finding his power stroke. Horrigan has a brief update on Johnny Damon’s heel, Pave also has a piece on Kevin Millar and Bill Mueller, who both extended hitting streaks last night.
Cafardo’s notebook has Arroyo hoping for a good outing tonight. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Arroyo, who doesn’t feel public appearances for his CD are a cause of his struggles. Borges’ notebook also looks at Arroyo. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Curt Schilling throwing some batting practice to Arizona State players yesterday. Krasner’s notebook says that Schilling is expected to arrive in town today to have his ankle examined. Chimelis’ notebook looks at a reunion in Agawam for Reds manager Dave Miley.
An eagle-eyed reader noted an apparent contradiction in a couple of the notebook items. Horrigan’s notebook states:
Curt Schilling ended his two-week rehabilitation stay in Arizona on an apparent positive note yesterday by throwing batting practice to Arizona State University players and a couple of former major leaguers.
Nick Cafardo’s notebook has the following to say:
Francona also said Schilling was going to throw batting practice to Arizona State hitters, but he had to find someone else because NCAA rules prohibit that.
Not really a major issue, but it would interesting to know who was right in this instance.
A number of good football articles this morning, notably, none are from the major papers. Chris Kennedy has a look at second year tight end Benjamin Watson, who recalls how hard it was to sit and watch with his injury last season, and is looking forward to contributing this year. Mike Reiss looks at another second year player, receiver P.K. Sam, who appears to have grown up quite a bit during his year with the Patriots. He’s been hanging out with Deion Branch, which can only be a good influence on the youngest player in the 2004 draft. Eric McHugh looks at young receivers Sam and Bethel Johnson, who have both been working very hard this summer. According the article, Johnson injured his foot by pushing himself too hard in offseason workouts. Lenny Megliola looks at Andre Tippett, who has a love for New England and is glad to have “been the face of the organization in many ways”.
Shira Springer reports on the Piston making it a series, winning game three last night 96-79. She also reports on the Lakers re-hiring Phil Jackson, and her notebook looks at Manu Ginobili getting a little banged up last night.
Going into this week’s US Open, Bob Ryan has a look at Tiger Woods, who in many ways remains on his own level. Joe Gordon also looks at Woods, who aims to win another Major this weekend. George Kimball (subscription only) has Phil Mickelson recalling the 1999 US Open, held at the same location it is this year, and his tough loss to Payne Stewart in that event. Jim McCabe looks at Brookline’s James Driscoll preparing for his first US Open.
Michael Holley predicted it during the Keith Foulke/Alabama mess – perhaps he was working on inside information – but last night the Globe sports department effectively disassociated themselves from the Boston Dirt Dogs web site. On the page now in the left hand side there is a notice: “BDD is a feature of Boston.com. It is not produced by The Boston Globe Sports Dept. More” If you click on the “more” link, you’re brought to a popup that says simply:
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