Red Sox Buc Up

The Red Sox finished off a very successful homestand in style yesterday, the US Open was NOT won by Retief Goosen or Tiger Woods, and we even sneak in a few New England Revolution articles into the mix today.

The Boston Red Sox resumed their winning ways with an 8-0 shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates behind Matt Clement. Chris Snow focuses on the performance of Clement yesterday and thus far this season, noting that the the righthander can likely start to make All Star plans. Jeff Goldberg looks at the Red Sox trading being shutout on Saturday for shutting out the Pirates yesterday. David Borges also looks at the Red Sox returning the favor. Joe Haggerty looks at the Red Sox capping off a solid homestand in style. Lenny Megliola says that Clement and the Red Sox were never tested yesterday. Sean McAdam writes that after this strong homestand, Boston must now attempt to keep their momentum as they head out onto the road…again. Tony Massarotti agrees that now is the time to start winning consistently on the road, especially after beating up on weaklings this week at home.

Gordon Edes looks at the patchwork job Terry Francona did yesterday on Father’s Day and also examines the needs of the team as we inch closer to the midpoint of the season. Steve Buckley (subscription only) says that Clement hasn’t quite caused people to completely forget about Pedro Martinez and Derek Lowe, but he’s also warming up for the All Star game. Alex Speier has a look at the Red Sox depth, which was on display yesterday. Rich Thompson looks at Trot Nixon being placed in the leadoff spot and getting two hits. John Tomase has a feature on Johnny Damon and his rise to national prominence. Kelsie Smith looks at Bill Mueller, who seems to be at his best with the bases loaded.

Buckley has a brief look at the Pirates starter on Friday night, Josh Fogg, and his local ties. Thompson looks at Jay Payton making it difficult for the Red Sox to part with him. Massarotti looks at Manny Ramirez sitting out yesterday. Massarotti’s notebook looks at the strong outing for Alan Embree, who went two innings and displayed his trademark fastball. Borges’ notebook has Payton trying to make the best of his situation. Golderberg’s notebook also looks at Payton. McAdam’s notebook makes the case for Clement as an All Star. Snow’s notebook says that Johnny Damon’s shoulder needs a little rest and also has some theories for the struggles of Alan Embree as of late.

Shira Springer looks at Robert Horry once again working his playoff magic in the Spurs’ 96-95 overtime victory in the NBA Finals. Springer’s notebook looks at the struggles of Rasheed Wallace in the finals and have some dumb comments from Brent Barry about the TV ratings. (“I don’t really give a rat’s [expletive] who’s watching.”) Attitude like that is what has turned a lot of people off from the NBA. Lenny Megliola has a quick look at Bob Cousy, who will be honored at The Tradition tomorrow night. Add Zach Rocha to the list of those who feel Paul Pierce should be sent packing, and he takes a hindsight look at last year’s draft.

Jim McCabe, Joe Gordon and Bruce Berlet look at New Zealander Michael Campbell flying under the radar to win the 105 US Open. Bob Ryan has a look at Campbell and what his victory means for this country. Jeff Jacobs also examines Campbell’s historic victory. McCabe looks at Retief Goosen, who really has no explanation for his final round fade. Gordon looks at Tiger Woods, whose putter was his undoing yesterday. Gordon’s notebook observes that the spirit of Payne Stewart was felt by all yesterday. McCabe’s notebook looks at the final round struggles of Jason Gore.

Frank Dell’Apa looks at the Revolution struggling with injuries as they come off their first defeat of the season. Gus Martins says that the squad might be without a couple of their top players for a little while. Martins also says that Taylor Twellman doesn’t appear to have much of a shot to make the US National team.

Check out the New York Sports Headlines page for more coverage of the US Open, NBA Finals and to keep up with the Yankees and Mets.

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