Battle of the Sox

Out in Chicago, the first place Red Sox battled the first place White Sox in a back and forth contest that was tied in the ninth inning. Chicago pitcher Luis Vizcaino got Manny Ramirez to pop up in foul territory for the second out of the inning…but third baseman Joe Crede (who had been the hero for Chicago the inning before as his double tied the game off of Curt Schilling.)dropped the ball, giving Manny new life.

You could’ve guessed what happened next, as Ramirez crushed the next pitch 415 feet for the go-ahead home run. Jerry Remy on NESN had some very astute analysis on the Ramirez during that at-bat. He showed how Vizcaino busted Manny inside on the first pitch, and how Manny was looking for and adjusted to that pitched, by moving out in the batter’s box. The pitch he hit out was in the same location as the first, but Manny was further off the plate, so it was as if the pitch was right down the middle. Steven Krasner says that Manny showed why he is paid $20 million a year with that sequence. Michael Silverman observes that the Red Sox saved their best for last in this one. Chris Snow writes that this win felt as important as any this season. Paul Doyle reports on Curt Schilling getting the win in relief after Ramirez’s heroics. David Borges recaps the key plays of a back and forth contest in Chicago.

Gordon Edes looks at Chicago’s Joe Crede, who went from hero to goat in the span of an inning last night. Tony Massarotti writes that the White Sox may not “have the insides to win when it matters”. A curious statement after one game of four. Kevin Henkin writes that is time for Millar to take a seat. Joe McDonald looks at Dustin Pedroia’s wrist injury slowing his ascent to the Majors. Silverman looks at Mark Bellhorn, seeking a fresh start after his injury. Edes writes that trades can often appear out of nowhere, as he looks at the rumors now circulating, and compares them to the rumors last summer and the trades that actually went down at that time. Massarotti has a look at the job Ozzie Guillen is doing as manager of the White Sox.

Snow’s notebook looks at Manny taking some ribbing from his teammates because of his sore hamstrings. Borges’ notebook looks at the battle Mark Bellhorn faces when he returns from his injury, not only to get his spot back, but perhaps even to stay on the roster. Krasner’s notebook has Bellhorn hoping that the time away will help his struggles at the plate. Doyle’s notebook examines the trade rumors involving Kevin Millar, Bill Mueller and the Minnesota Twins. Silverman’s notebook has Millar shrugging off the trade rumors. Snow also cranks out a minor league notebook, with a look at Hanley Ramirez playing at second base, (not moving to second) and updates on Pedroia, Manny Delcarmen and Kelly Shoppach.

Bob Hohler has a feature on former Massachusetts schoolboy baseball player Joe Apotheker making accusations about steroid use on his Division II Barry University baseball team.

Kevin Paul Dupont and Stephen Harris look at the NHL players finally approving the new CBA. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports that the owners vote is due up next. Mick Colageo says that the NHL’s future is still cloudy in many ways. Harris looks at the Bruins slim shot at getting the number draft pick in the league lottery being held this afternoon. Coverage of the lottery, as well as of the league press conference and Bruins press conference will all be aired on NESN, starting at 3:00 this afternoon.

Michael Felger continues his training camp positional previews, today looking at the defensive line, a position that is loaded for the Patriots – with or without Richard Seymour. Nick Cafardo reports that Tedy Bruschi never sought medical clearance to play this season, and that he will likely be placed on the PUP list, and in the meantime will likely have some input into coaching the linebackers. Felger has a second article noting that the Patriots have a lot more to replace than just tackles and sacks when it comes to Bruschi’s absence this season. Jessica Heslam in the MetroWest Daily News talks to a Doctor who still has a hard time believing that Bruschi will ever play football again.

Bill Griffith looks at Comcast perhaps stepping in to fill the NHL cable void. John Howell looks at OLN enjoying their last chance to cover Lance Armstrong in the Tour De France, and also talks to Chris Collins about his “90%” report from earlier this week. Dave Doyle discusses 10 things he’d like to see disappear from sports and sports media. David Scott vents from the Vineyard in today’s edition of Scott’s Shots.

The New York Sports News is filled this morning with reports of the Yankees losing to the Angels, the new NHL labor deal, Larry Brown/Knicks rumors and at least one story on Chad Pennington and his recovering shoulder.

UPN38 has Red Sox/White Sox at 8:00. NESN has the NHL Press conferences and Draft Lottery starting at 3:00.

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