Red Sox win fifth straight

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

The Red Sox continued their winning ways in the City of Brotherly Love last night. We have your Red Sox links and catch up with the bloggers on an otherwise quiet Saturday morning.

Tim Wakefield blanked the Phillies for eight innings, and Manny Ramirez, David
Ortiz, and Doug Mirabelli all went deep for the Red Sox in an 8-0 victory (box
score
) that moved the Red Sox into first place in the AL East.
Gordon
Edes
, Jeff
Horrigan
, Steven
Krasner
, David
Heuschkel
, and David
Borges
deliver the game stories.

Michael
Silverman
and Dan
Shaughnessy
have columns on Terry Francona’s gracious return to
Philadelphia, a city where he made his share of enemies during a largely unsuccessful
managerial tenure (285-363 over four seasons).

Michael
Silverman
has a short article on Wakefield, who has allowed just
one run in his last three starts, a span covering 22 innings.

Borges writes that last night’s offensive performance by Boston would have
made Earl Weaver proud, as the Sox clubbed a pair of three-run
homers
.

The Sox notebooks by Krasner,
Edes
and, and Borges
lead with the story of an 84-pitch simulated start by Curt Schilling before
last night’s game. Schilling will make a rehab start for Pawtucket next Wednesday,
and Horrigan
writes that the righthander is anxious to “go and pitch.” Horrigan’s notebook
focuses on the big night – at the plate and in the field – by Ramirez, as well
as Johnny Damon’s return to the lineup.

In the Globe, Jackie
MacMullan
has a good column on the end of the eight-month tour
of the Commonwealth for the Red Sox World Series trophy, which reached its 351st
city/town in Massachusetts yesterday.

A leftover from yesterday: ProJo sports editor Art
Martone
returns to the winter of 1998, when Mo Vaughn signed with
the Angels and the Red Sox lost out on free-agent bids for Bernie Williams and
Albert Belle. Martone does this in the context of questioning the wisdom of
handing out long-term, big-money contracts, and he wonders how the Sox will
handle the cases of Johnny Damon this coming offseason, and David Ortiz in two
years. You can also hear Martone reading his column and see an amusing Vaughn
photo in Art’s
Audio Notebook
.

The Yankees weren’t Pedro Martinez’s daddies last night, as he beat them in
a Mets uniform at Yankee Stadium. See the coverage on the
New York Sports News
page.

NBA Finals and draft
Peter
May
looks back at the effort of Tim Duncan in Thursday night’s
Game 7, where the Spurs captured their third NBA title in seven years with a
win over the Pistons.

The Herald and Globe both have coverage of the upcoming NBA draft today.

Steve Bulpett
and Shira
Springer
have words from Danny Ainge, whose Celtics
are scheduled to make their first selection at No. 18. Mark
Murphy
also previews the top power forwards available for teams
in the draft.

If you missed the link earlier in the week, Jon Duke’s latest Full
Court Press
entry looks at some of the big men that the Celtics
could select with the 18th pick.

Around the web
It’s always interesting to check out the bloggers’ take on the Red
Sox and the Boston media.

The Singapore
Sox Fan
finds this quote from Pedro Martinez:

"I attract more attention from you guys and I don't understand why," he said. "To be honest, I dislike you all. I wish I could just live my
life and be a regular player like any other. ... I don't like being the icon."

Hart Brachen has a comical look – literally – at Manny Ramirez and John
Tomase
‘s follow-up column in his Soxaholix
blog. The site features a daily comic strip “set in a generic office/cube
farm inhabited by a collection of die-hard Red Sox fans who individually personify
a stereotyped and/or caricatured fan personality type.” Funny stuff.

Bill Mahoney takes a poke at Dan Shaughnessy in his parody blog, Call
of the Green Monster
.

On the air
Boston
Radio Watch
has more on WRKO becoming the new radio home of the
Boston Celtics. It notes that the station’s night signal west of Boston is poor,
and that an affiliate will need to be found.

Fox 25 and WEEI have the Red Sox-Phillies today at 1:20.

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