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.

07.21.05 Afternoon

Eric McHugh says that we should not write off Tedy Bruschi for next season. He looks at Bruschi’s passion for the game how it drives him to compete and always be proving himself. Glen Farley writes that the announcement yesterday put an end to months of speculation. Tom King has a very good, complete article on Bruschi’s situation and decision and the impact it will have. Mike Lowe looks at how in so many ways Bruschi is the face of the New England Patriots. David Pevear rounds out the reports on Bruschi’s decision. McHugh examines the options available to the Patriots as they attempt to fill the void left by #54.

More on the Red Sox, Mike Fine looks at the Red Sox drubbing the Devil Rays and then heading out on the road to face the best team in baseball, record wise. Bob Stern looks at the Red Sox once again providing David Wells with plenty of run support in yesterday’s win. Alan Greenwood says that Tony Graffanino could see plenty of time in the Red Sox infield for the rest of the season. Chaz Scoggins looks at Gabe Kapler struggling in his second game with Lowell.

Jim Baker talks with former Bruins announcer Dave Shea, who is enjoying his new gig as announcer for the first place Washington Nationals.

This morning, to lead off the show, John Dennis told us all what sports radio is all about:

Alright let me see if I can explain something to you, with all due respect, let me explain something to you Bruschi, and then I

Bruschi out for ’05

After reporting on Tuesday night that Tedy Bruschi would in all likelihood being returning to the Patriots (90% certain), Chris Collins appeared on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan program as well yesterday. The conversation indicated that the only thing holding up Bruschi’s return was getting the correct waivers, insurance and liability lined up. Collins’ source told him that he would be shocked if Bruschi did not play this season.

Well, the source is shocked. The rest of us probably aren’t all that shocked that Bruschi announced yesterday that he is going to sit out the 2005 season to make sure his health is sound before attempting to play pro football again. There are a myriad of reports on the situation in the papers this morning. Jerome Solomon, who had picked up the NECN story and run with it yesterday, says that the announcement yesterday was a direct result of the TV report. Michael Felger’s report contains some key related points to the situation, outlined in neat bulleted points. His sources tell him that Bruschi may not be placed on IR, but instead on non-football injury list or the physically unable to perform, both of which might allow him to make a late season return if things were to go well. Tom E Curran looks at the events leading up to this decision and notes that Bruschi’s absence will be just one of many dramatic changes that the Patriots will face this year. Alan Greenberg says that is it probably safe to assume that Bruschi was not medically cleared to play this season. Mike Reiss says that since the Patriots are normally prepared for any situation, yesterday’s announcement did not catch them by surprise as they made offseason moves in anticipation of this.

Chris Kennedy writes that Patriots fans can now deal with the certainty of the fact that Bruschi will not be on the field for the team this season. Michael Parente goes over the events of this offseason and notes that the Patriots will now hope that Bruschi’s wisdom rubs off on the players taking his place on the field. Howard Bryant (subscription only) says that while Bruschi may have been physically healthy enough to play, he made a wise choice in being cautious and sitting out. Nick Cafardo cautions those who might think that this was a retirement announcement. He says that Bruschi’s desire to play football is as great as ever, and that we shouldn’t rule out his return in the future. Nick does say however that:

It's too bad we couldn't hear it from Bruschi rather than a statement from the team spokesman or an ambiguous quote from the head coach.

While I agree it might’ve been nice to hear from Bruschi, I’m sure we will hear from him directly in the future, and the little shot at Belichick was out of place in this article. For the record, here is Belichick’s statement on the matter.

All offseason, we have seen and felt Tedy

Back in First

The Red Sox finally get back into the “W” column. A report has Tedy Bruschi looking to play this season for the Patriots, some hockey talk and old time NBA player pension talk as well today in the newspapers.

The Red Sox got back on track (and back in first place) with a 5-2 win over Tampa Bay last night. Bronson Arroyo got the win, and Curt Schilling picked up his first save since 1992. Nick Cafardo reports on the game as wells as a bit of roster shuffling in the afternoon. Jeff Horrigan writes that perhaps a few things contributed to the Red Sox playing as if they had received a swift kick in the behind. Joe McDonald looks at the Red Sox being able to stop the bleeding, at least for one night. David Heuschkel notes that will Schilling being able to pitch well on back to back nights, he’s showing progress in his recovery. Andy Vogt writes that Schilling wasn’t the only one out of the bullpen impressing people last night, as Mike Timlin was stellar as well.

The Red Sox made a number of minor moves yesterday, and Sean McAdam notes that none of them were really a big deal. Lenny Megliola also ponders over the comings and goings on Yawkey Way. Rich Thompson talks to Jason Varitek and Kevin Millar about how trade rumors work out and how they affect a team. Horrigan looks at Alan Embree being designated for assignment as part of the moves made. Thompson also has a look at Bronson Arroyo’s performance last night, Arroyo himself has been the subject of trade rumors.

Dan Shaughnessy devotes a column to Manny going in and out of the Green Monster. For the record, I was at the game on Monday night, saw Manny go into the wall, saw him come out, and didn’t think it was nearly as close to Miller’s next pitch as many media people are making it out be. If anything, his timing was just right. Trot Nixon and Johnny Damon were kneeling together in the outfield, midway between right and center field and they were settling back in to their positions at the same time Manny was getting to his. But…this is Manny, so everything he does that’s different is going to be magnified around here. There’s been talk about his running out of the box…last night, he hustled out of the box on a foul ground ball, on his home run, and even when he got walked.

Gordon Edes crunches the numbers regarding why Terry Francona let Alex Cora hit on Sunday night against the Yankees. He sort of makes the case towards the end in favor of Francona. No word on whether he still feels Francona deserves a new contract…Steve Buckley has Curt Schilling saying that the players need to accept responsibility for the team’s slide and get the job done. People shouldn’t be placing the blame on management. Ron Indrisano has Schilling hoping that last night was the first save of many. Alex Speier writes that the Orioles could have themselves a trump card in the division should they complete the trade for A.J. Burnett. Indrisano also has another piece on Lou Piniella and his eruption on Monday night. Howard Bryant’s Boston Uncommon (subscription only) says that ARod established himself as a true Fenway villain this past weekend with his home runs and leading man stature.

McDonald’s notebook looks at the moves the Red Sox made yesterday. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Alan Embree being designated for assignment as one of those moves. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the pickup of veteran utility infielder Tony Graffanino from Kansas City last night. Cafardo’s notebook also looks at the busy day of roster shuffling by the Red Sox.

According to a report on NECN last night, Tedy Bruschi is going to try to play football this season. Jerome Solomon has that report, though when contacted, the Patriots say that Bruschi has not yet informed them of his decision. Also in that report, Solomon looks at the rookies starting to report today. Michael Felger looks at the linebacker position in his training camp preview, he also mentions the NECN report, but says that observers believe the changes of Bruschi being on the 80 man training camp active roster as “most unlikely”. Jonathan Comey is ready to start talking some football.

After demanding that his Captaincy be stripped during the Montreal playoff series in 2004, Kevin Paul Dupont now says that perhaps the Bruins should be looking to trade Joe Thornton while they can get something for him. Funny, the last real Hockey column written about the team by Dupont involves ripping Thornton, and the first under the new rules looking at the team involves getting rid of Thornton. (He includes a shot at Thornton’s abilities as Captain in this article.) Guess the year off from the sport didn’t dissolve Dupont’s dislike for Thornton. Stephen Harris has a quick piece in the Herald looking at the new NHL scheduling.

Peter May has a good column today on how the NBA Players Union is not assisting players from the pre-1965 era. He talks with former player Bill Tosheff, who has been trying to get the players Union to do more for the remaining men of his era. The numbers of which continue to dwindle as time goes by. He also looks at the limited deal from 1988 which helps some of those players a very little bit, but not all, and not much.

David Willis has a report on the ESPN SportsCenter show which aired from Manchester earlier this week.

The Yankees lost to the Rangers last night, Larry Brown could be headed to the Knicks. These and other stories are available at the New York Sports Headlines page. The New York Times has a story on former Red Sox outfielder Dave Roberts and how that stolen base in the playoffs last year changed his life.

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 1:00. ESPN has Yankees/Rangers at 7:00. ESPN2 has A’s/Angels at 10:00.

07.19.05 Afternoon

Mike Fine looks at the Red Sox tumbling out of first place last night after 25 days in that position. Bob Stern also has the dismal report from a steamy Fenway Park last night. Chaz Scoggins looks at Scott Kazmir once again silencing the Red Sox bats. Rob Bradford writes about Johnny Damon’s hitting streak coming to an end at 29 games.

David Ropeik on Boston.com has an article today looking at the lives and jobs of those who cover the Red Sox on a daily basis. David Heuschkel, Chris Snow, Karen Guregian, Steve Buckley and NESN producer Russ Kenn are among those interviewed for the article. All note the grind that the job can have on their lives, but are all very quick to acknowledge the perks that come with the job as well, as they have grown up with a love of sports. A quote from Buckley closes the article where he says “And this is not a job. It’s fun.”

John Molori’s Media Blitz reports on a local 22-year-old who was included in one of the nominations for the ESPY awards. He also applauds several WEEI personalities for their questioning and criticism of the Red Sox.

While WEEI is being applauded, a belated congratulations to Glenn Ordway for his being nominated for a Marconi Award. He was nominated for Major Market Personality of the Year. Here is a list of all nominees. The winners will be announced Sept 22nd.

Mike Reiss reports on the Patriots being interested in hosting the NFL Draft in the future.

Chad Finn gives us a Red Sox team picture on his blog. The Boston Phoenix has a Red Sox blog, written by Mike Miliard.

Knocked Out of First

Another depressing night at Fenway as the Red Sox fall again. There are a couple of noteworthy columns in the papers today as well as plenty of rumors. Patriots articles are starting to trickle in as training camp begins at the end of next week. A few media notes round out today’s (late) update.

The slide continues. After letting Scott Kazmir off the hook in the first inning, the Red Sox could do nothing more the rest of the evening, losing to the Devil Rays 3-1. They managed only three hits the entire evening. Nick Cafardo has the depressing story from Fenway. Jeff Horrigan looks at the Red Sox tumbling into second place with the loss. Steven Krasner notes that despite a little excitement in the ninth inning, it didn’t help the Red Sox defeat the worst team in baseball. David Heuschkel observes that Johnny Damon’s inability to extend his hitting streak last night was symbolic of the entire night for the Red Sox. David Borges notes that there was very little for the crowd to cheer about last night.

Yesterday Dennis and Callahan were insistent that a writer needed to go into the locker room and ask Bill Mueller directly if he would have been willing to play second base for an inning or two on Sunday night had John Olerud been used as a pinch hitter for Alex Cora. Dan Shaughnessy must have been listening, and took this task upon himself. He went to Mueller. He went to Francona. He asked the right questions. I may not agree with his delivery of the column today, (I think it’s a bit of hyperbole to suggest that we should all totally lose faith in the entire organization because they apparently stick by Francona’s decision to allow Cora to hit.) but I’m willing to give him credit for being in the clubhouse and asking these questions of the people involved. This is a bit of a no-win situation for me, because Dan and those in his corner will say I’m not giving him enough credit, while Dan’s numerous detractors will say I shouldn’t give him any credit for merely doing his job.

Near the top of Gerry Callahan’s subscription-only column, he says

There is a moment for each Red Sox manager, a decision that defines him and follows him and sometimes haunts him throughout his tenure in Boston and into eternity.

He mentions McNamara leaving Bill Buckner in at the end of Game 6 in 1986, he mentions Joe Morgan sending Spike Owen up to pinch hit for Jim Rice, and of course Grady Little leaving Pedro in during game 7 in 2004. The inference of course, is that Francona’s decision on Sunday with Alex Cora might be that moment. A little more hyperbole, I believe. He does make a good point however that Francona at times seems to forget that he won the World Series last year and should perhaps be a bit more bold in his decisions.

Lenny Megliola says that we still have a lot of questions about this Red Sox team. Horrigan has a more low-key piece on the Bill Mueller situation, with Mueller saying he would’ve been willing to play second for an inning or two. Alex Speier looks at the leaks which have sprung in the Red Sox ship as of late. Joe Haggerty looks at Wade Miller just not having enough to win last night. Michael Silverman and Ron Indrisano each look at Lou Piniella’s eruption in the ninth inning last night following a reversed call at first base. Before the game, Indrisano had written an article on Piniella about how the Tampa Bay skipper came into town believing there would be no eruptions and tempers flaring between the two clubs. Steve Buckley has a quick report on the early returns on Jacoby Ellsbury at Lowell. Jon Couture tells us that the Orioles are in this race for the long haul.

Cafardo’s notebook looks at Johnny Damon’s hitting streak coming to an end. Heuschkel’s notebook reports on Mark Bellhorn heading to the disabled list. Krasner’s notebook observes that the Red Sox are short of candidates for second base. Borges’ notebook looks at what Bellhorn’s injury means for the roster, including Bill Mueller. Horrigan’s notebook says that Dustin Pedroia won’t be coming up to the Majors immediately, and reports on the Red Sox interest in Tony Graffanino.

La Velle E. Neal III in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports on possible interest between the Twins and Red Sox in making a deal. Relief pitcher J.C. Romero is said to have the Red Sox interest, while the Twins might like to acquire Bill Mueller for his bat.

It’s getting close to training camp time. Michael Felger has the first of the positional previews heading into camp. Today he looks at the cornerbacks, a position that was beefed up in the offseason with the goal of replacing Ty Law. Mike Reiss had a look at Adam Vinatieri yesterday and he and the Patriots continue to work on trying to get him signed to a long term contract.

Stephen Harris looks at the NHL labor deal getting closer to ratification. He also looks at the Bruins slim chances of winning the number one pick in the draft.

A note in the Hartford Courant informs us that columnist Jeff Jacobs is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery. Best wishes for a healthy and speedy recovery to Jacobs…Bill Griffith reports that signs seem to indicate that Greg Dickerson will be sticking around at FSN.

Carol Beggy and Mark Shanahan lead their “Names” feature in the Globe today with a mention of the Michael Gee situation as reported in Scott’s Shots last Friday.

Check out the sports stories and headlines from New York on the BSMW New York Sports News page.

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00.

Down to a Half Game

Many links this morning, most having to do with another disappointing Red Sox loss, but also quite a few on the New England 300 at Loudon yesterday. There is also British Open coverage, and David Scott has a followup on his Scott’s Shots column from Friday.

The Red Sox submitted another dismal outing this weekend as they dropped 3 of 4 to the Yankees, including a 5-3 loss last night. This, coupled with losing 3 of 4 last weekend to the Orioles has all but eliminated their lead in the American League East. They know hold a mere half game advantage over the Yankees and one game over the Orioles. Chris Snow looks at a late Red Sox rally falling short, as Mariano Rivera slammed the door in the ninth. Jeff Horrigan looks at the pitching of Al Leiter and Tim Wakefield last night, Wakefield only allowed 5 hits, but three of them were homers. Steven Krasner also has a look at the late rally falling short for the Red Sox. David Heuschkel and Dom Amore have game stories from each side in the Hartford Courant. David Borges and Lenny Megliola round out the game stories from a disappointing weekend finale at Fenway.

Jackie MacMullan has a column today about the Yankees really putting the heat on the Red Sox this weekend which will result in scoreboard watching for the rest of the season. Tony Massarotti writes that no one can predict what is going to happen with this AL East race. Gordon Edes looks at last minute pickup Al Leiter riding to the rescue for the Yankees, having been picked up off the scrap heap just the day before. Jim Donaldson looks at Leiter coming full circle in less than a day. Mark Bellhorn had to leave the game last night with a thumb injury and if he is out for a while, or continues to struggle as he has, the Red Sox need to consider other options. The popular answer is Dustin Pedroia, however Sean McAdam writes today that a wrist injury and the fact that he is not on the 40 man roster could be factors to would leave the Red Sox looking elsewhere. McAdam points out the interesting news that Hanley Ramirez has been playing at second base the last couple nights. Kevin Thomas of the Portland Press Herald also reports on Ramirez playing second base the last couple nights.

Alex Speier looks at the challenges facing the Red Sox as they attempt to end their most recent slide, which appears to have begun in earnest on July 6th, a most chaotic day. Jon Couture says that this weekend has definitely given cause for concern regarding the Red Sox, but not panic. Amalie Benjamin looks at Alex Cora, who was thrown in to the fire last night with the injury to Mark Bellhorn. Kelsie Smith reports on Johnny Damon extending his hitting streak to 29 games with an eighth inning double last night. Borges also files a report on Damon extending the streak. Edes also reports on the return of Gabe Kapler, who is thrilled to be back in America and with the Red Sox organization. Massarotti also has a brief report on the return of the outfielder.

Kelsie Smith writes about Jason Giambi, who is slowly attempting to return to the form that made him one of the game’s most feared sluggers. Joe Haggerty looks at Al Leiter’s first game in his second stint in a Yankee uniform, one that was most memorable. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes that Leiter is getting a chance to complete the circle of his career, as he was drafted by the Yankees and made his major league debut with them back in 1988. Michael Silverman looks at the Yankees winning the battle of the 3-4 sluggers this weekend. Andy Smith in the Eagle Tribune has the first of what will be a two part series. He went to a game this weekend in Yankee garb, and reports on his reception. He will do the opposite later this season, wearing Red Sox gear to Yankee stadium. Get all the perspective from New York on this series and the other news from the world of sports including another dominant outing from Pedro Martinez and Tiger Woods capturing another British Open on the New York Sports Headlines page.

The Devil Rays come to town starting tonight, and this a rivalry that has grown on its own the last several years, with a number of beanball and brushback incidents. Horrigan looks at the two sides set to renew hostilities. There are a couple of pieces in the papers this morning about tonight’s starter for the Red Sox Steve Buckley and Amalie Benjamin each have a look at Wade Miller and his first inning struggles thus far this season.

The notebooks are full of interesting assorted items. Snow’s notebook has Trot Nixon still riled up over earlier incidents with the Devil Rays, and also looks at trade rumors, and reports that Craig Hansen was undergoing medical tests at Mass General yesterday…a physical in preparation for a signing? Horrigan’s notebook looks at the possibility of Dustin Pedroia getting a shot if Mark Bellhorn is to be out for any length of time. The Projo notebook dismisses some trade rumors that were making the rounds yesterday. Heuschkel’s notebook has Kevin Millar denying that he asked for a trade. Borges’ notebook has Bronson Arroyo hoping that the antics with the Devil Rays will be at a minimum this week. Couture’s notebook looks at Bellhorn’s injury, Kapler’s road back to Fenway and a couple other items.

Yesterday was the big day on the New England calendar for NASCAR as the New England 300 took place at New Hampshire International Speedway. Tony Stewart won the race and is his personal tradition, climbed the fences afterward. Michael Vega in the Globe, David Exum in the Herald, Shawn Courchesne in the Hartford Courant and Allen Lessels in the Manchester Union Leader have the race stories from Loudon. Kevin Provencher from the same paper has a notebook of the race. Adam Kilgore looks at the Busch brothers, Kurt and Kyle, battling it out behind Stewart on the NHIS track. Exum also has an NHIS notebook. The Globe also has Vega’s notebook from the event. Kilgore also looks at Gibbs Racing having a much needed showing with two of the top three cars. Russ Conway has an extensive feature on how NASCAR lacks a union, but how what they have seems to work out just fine for them.

Rich Thompson and Frank Dell’Apa look at the New England Revolution pulling off a thrilling win last night at Gillette. Trailing 2-1 with a minute to play, Taylor Twellman scored a pair of goals to give the Revs the victory.

Jim McCabe reports on Tiger Woods winning another British Open, capturing the 10th Major Title of his career. Bob Ryan looks at the New Tiger, who made adjustments in his swing and game to capture this title, and will continue to make adjustments throughout his career. McCabe’s notebook looks at Brad Faxon falling apart in the final round.

Bonnie DeSimone reports on the Tour De France, where another American, George Hincapie won stage 15. Lance Armstrong’s overall lead remains secure, however.

David Scott posts a followup to his Friday story on Michael Gee. He explains how the story came together and answers reaction and criticism to the article which has emerged the last few days.

NESN has Red Sox/Devil Rays at 7:00. ESPN has Rangers/Yankees at 8:00. TBS has Braves/Giants at 10:00.

Ugly Loss For Sox

Who know? Maybe it was the increased weight of his wallet, heavy with the All Star bonus he so desperately wanted. Whatever it was, Matt Clement was on the wrong side of that thin line of mechanical soundness on which he so perilously travels and the Yankees took advantage. Clement, having now given up 18 runs in his three July starts over 17 innings, only lasted 2 2/3 yesterday but his teammates, with their own baserunning and defense issues, were unable to pick him up despite great work from the bullpen.

Game stories from the Boston Herald

Sox wallop Yankees

Stories from an old-fashioned blowout at Fenway lead our posting this morning. We also have news on Scott Pioli’s contract extension, the New York sports headlines, and some more links in the blogosphere to yesterday Scott’s Shots article.

Plenty of good times at Fenway last night, as the Red Sox pounded the Yankees, 17-1 (box score).

Chris Snow writes in his game story that Trot Nixon’s son will be getting a new pair of Air Jordans, thanks to the right fielder

Patriots Sign Pioli to Extension

Mike Reiss reports that the Patiots and Scott Pioli have agreed to a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed. The Patriots have confirmed it with a press release, though it is as of yet not on their website.

The New England Patriots have signed Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli to a contract extension. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.

"We are proud to announce this extension," said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. "Scott has done a tremendous job managing our personnel department and overseeing the draft for us. He has successfully evaluated, recruited and acquired talented players who are also quality individuals that represent our family well, both on the field and in the community."

"There is mutual respect between Robert, Jonathan, the Kraft family and myself," said Pioli. "We have shared a great deal of success and I am happy to have an extended agreement with them."