Off Day Reflections

Plenty of off-day articles on the Red Sox, and coverage of the Patriots making a trade to bring in another wide receiver. The Celtics apparently also make a deal, getting themselves a point guard who averaged 13.2 points and 5.2 assists as a starter last season. A couple of media articles round out the links today.

Off days during the season usually mean a lot of musing and reflecting on the “state of the team” the next day in the papers, and today is no exception. Michael Silverman examines the bullpen, which he says is in need of change, and quickly. David Heuschkel also looks at the pitching staff and the moves that Terry Francona can make. There is an interesting paragraph in the article, which if true, disputes something that has been tossed around on sports radio quite a bit recently and that is that Craig Hansen needs to be called up to the big club by August 31st in order to be eligible for the postseason. In fact, Pete Sheppard guaranteed that Hansen would be called up prior to that date so that he would be eligible. Heuschkel, however, writes:

But there is no need to rush to get Hansen on the roster by Aug. 31. In order to be eligible for the postseason, players only need to be in the organization by that date.

A quick look at the 2002 stats of Francisco Rodriguez might seem to bear that out. Though I can’t tell from looking at that page if he was on the roster on August 31st, he didn’t make his MLB debut until September 18th, and only pitched in five regular season games that season. In perhaps a clue as to the timing of his call-up, the stats only begin on September 16th, where it says he did not play the first two games before making his debut on the 18th, then they list every game for the rest of the season, whether he pitched or not. So I’m guessing he was called up on the 16th.

Update: I got the following email from Alex Speier this morning:


----- Original Message -----
From: "Alex Speier"
To: [email protected]>
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2005 9:05 AM
Subject: postseason roster

Hi Bruce,

The postseason roster can include anyone who was in
the organization (as opposed to on the 25-man roster)
by August 31 as long as he "replaces" a player who is
on the 60-day disabled list. Thus, with Mantei on the
60-day, the team can use his spot for one of the
prospects.

Cheers,
Alex Speier

Gerry Callahan (subscription only) as he does often in his columns, plays the role of optimist. It’s such a striking change from his radio persona, that it really makes you take notice. He says that the Red Sox are in terrific shape right now, and that having young pitchers such as Papelbon and Hansen is a key for the club down the stretch. John Tomase also examines the state of the Red Sox pitching staff. Steven Krasner writes that with young arms such as Jonathan Papelbon on the staff, things could be looking up. Gordon Edes reports on the Red Sox offense, a powerful group on pace to lead the league in scoring for the third straight year. Lenny Megliola is worried about two things, the Yankees and the Red Sox bullpen.

Globe intern Luis Andres Henao, who is from Edgar Renteria’s home country of Colombia, conducts an interview with the Red Sox shortstop. Karen Guregian reports on how Kevin Millar is adjusting to his reduced role with the club. Garry Brown says that the schedule down the stretch drive favors the Red Sox. Eric Benevides reports on Trot Nixon’s second rehab outing for Pawtucket. Bill Reynolds has bits on Curt Schilling and the Red Sox offense sandwiched around a look at the scandals at UConn. Edes reports that David Wells’ appeal of his suspension will be heard tomorrow.

Edes’ notebook has Jonathan Papelbon open to any way in which the Red Sox decide to use him the rest of the way. Silverman’s notebook has Tony Graffanino happy that his former teammates in Kansas City finally ended their losing streak. He also makes mention of Hansen needing to be called up prior to Sept 1st to be eligible for the postseason. Though I hold Silverman in high regard, I’m going to go with Heuschkel’s version on this one.

The Patriots acquired wide receiver Andre Davis from the Cleveland Browns yesterday in a move that came as a surprise to many. Jerome Solomon says that even though he denies it, Bill Belichick is sending a message to his club with this move. Michael Felger says that this move is about strength in numbers. Alan Greenberg writes that the move was a wakeup call to the younger receivers on the roster. Chris Kennedy says that there is always room for a little more competition on the Patriots roster. Michael Parente says that this move was needed because several of the receivers have spent more time in the trainer’s room than on the field recently.

Ron Borges has a terrific look at Romeo Crennel, and what he has faced in finally reaching his goal of being an NFL head coach, and what challenges are in front of him with the Cleveland Browns. Christopher Price garners Patriot lockerroom reaction to the death of 49er’s lineman Thomas Herrion after a preseason game Saturday night. Michael Smith says that the Patriots are like Radio Shack – we’ve got questions, they’ve got answers. Tony Massarotti and Tom E Curran report on NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue paying a visit to Gillette yesterday. Tom Meade reports on some Patriots shooting guns for charity over the weekend.

Felger also has a brief report on Belichick calling out rookie Ellis Hobbs for a gamble made in the game against the Saints last week. Curran’s notebook also reports on the purpose pitch from Belichick. To me, the statement indicates that Belichick thinks that this kid can play, because otherwise, he wouldn’t waste words on him. Solomon’s notebook looks at Matt Light showing up on crutches yesterday. Felger’s notebook looks at a handful of players returning to the practice field yesterday. Parente’s notebook says that linebacker Chad Brown is slowly getting more comfortable with the Patriots system.

Shira Springer reports on the Celtics working out a sign-and-trade to acquire New Orleans point guard Dan Dickau.

Bill Griffith catches up with Frank Deford and looks at what the 66 year old writer is up to these days. John Molori’s Media Blitz looks at the original NHL phenom, Bobby Carpenter, has a look at some things said by NFL types recently and lists out his top ten football reporters and commentators.

Get your update on the state of the Yankees as they continue chase of the Red Sox over at the New York Sports Headlines page. Check out the extensive coverage of the death of the 49er’s Thomas Herrion on the Bay Area Sports page.

NESN has Red Sox/Royals at 7:00.

Edgar Comes Through

A fairly light Monday for links. There is coverage of the Red Sox win over the Angels yesterday, a few football articles from Patriots training camp, and just a couple other miscellaneous items.

The Red Sox bats has pretty much been held in check for the entire series against the Angels until the eighth inning yesterday. Edgar Renteria snapped a scoreless tie with a three run homer, and then after David Ortiz laid down a bunt single (!) against the over-shift, (I’m looking forward to the three weeks of heated debate on this topic on WEEI…after all the precedent was set with the Edgar bunt earlier this season.) Manny Ramirez hit a two run homer, giving the Red Sox all they would need for a 5-1 victory and a split of the four game series against the Angels.

Gordon Edes says the shocks came one after another in the eighth inning, but produced a much-needed win. Michael Silverman reports on the Red Sox having the needed fireworks to overcome the Angels. Steven Krasner makes note of the many memorable sights and moments from yesterday afternoon in Anaheim. David Heuschkel notes that lost amid all the late inning happenings, we saw again the bright future that Jonathan Papelbon possesses, as the youngster tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

Dan Shaughnessy says it is about time that Renteria finally did something. Karen Guregian says that Renteria seems to be finding a groove at the plate, at least. Steve Buckley (subscription only) writes that the Red Sox are making the right move by putting Curt Schilling back in the rotation. He says they are not going to go far in October without the top of the rotation ace and the closer. He says Keith Foulke or even Craig Hansen will need to nail down the closer spot.

Jon Baker reports on Trot Nixon’s rehab appearance for Pawtucket yesterday. Jonathan Comey makes the case for Jason Varitek as American League MVP. Edes has a piece on Kevin Millar, who seems to have accepted the inevitable, that John Olerud deserves to be playing every day ahead of him. Guregian has a short bit on yesterday’s starter, Jonathan Papelbon, who impressed once again. Bob Halloran says the Red Sox are good.

I don’t think I was alone in being a little aggravated on Friday night at the UPN38/NESN Red Sox telecast from Anaheim. After David Ortiz was called out on strikes to end the top of the eighth inning, he started arguing the call with the umpire. You could see that things were getting heated and something was going to happen. The production crew decided to go right into their commercial break anyway. This is no second-guess, right when they went to the commercial I was annoyed. Of course when they came back, Ortiz had been tossed from the game and Remy and Orsillo had to go over everything that happened during the break. The network should’ve stuck with the live coverage. Remy was very strong in stating that he thought that Ortiz will be suspended for his actions. I haven’t heard anything else on that angle since then, though Remy did mention it on the FOX telecast Saturday.

Edes’ notebook says that the Red Sox are going to give Craig Hansen at least a few more day before calling him up to big club. Silverman’s notebook looks at the end of Schilling’s days as a reliever and reports that Mike Timlin will probably handle the closing duties until Keith Foulke or someone else are ready to take the job. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Schilling accomplished what he set out to do when he agreed to come out of the bullpen.

Michael Felger takes a position-by-position look at the roster and where the upcoming cuts are likely to come from. Jerome Solomon also looks at the roster and who is still trying to make an impression on the coaching staff. Tom E Curran has a look at Doug Flutie, who showed on Thursday night that he can still play this game and is in camp for a reason. Michael Parente has a piece on rookie Ellis Hobbs, who is making the most of his opportunities on the field, even on special teams.

In case you missed it, and the link has already expired; over the weekend Hector Longo suggested that it is time for Patriots fans to panic over their team. This of course is the same Hector, who last summer wrote about the “alarming whiff of negativity” around the Patriots in training camp and then the team proceeded to go 17-2 and capture their second straight Super Bowl title. I wish I could get the link back, but the Eagle-Tribune site doesn’t seem to have an archives section available for non-subscribers.

Michael Vega has a brief report from BC, where coach Tom O’Brien is pleased with his squad’s weekend scrimmage. Lenny Megliola reports on BC recruit Billy Flutie suffering a broken ankle.

Kevin Paul Dupont reports on the AND1 tour, which came to Boston last night. I guess I should give credit to the Globe for trying to think young and hip and include something on this in their pages, but I struggle with the idea of Kevin Paul Dupont hangin’ at that event.

Randy Johnson and the Yankees lost to the other Sox yesterday, falling back to 4 games behind the Red Sox once again. Ty Law finally gets on the practice field with the Jets. Get these stories and more at the New York Sports News page. A big story from the weekend was the sudden death of 49er’s lineman Thomas Herrion after a preseason game in Denver Saturday night. You can find the latest news on this tragedy on the Bay Area Sports page.

The Red Sox are off tonight, but you may get a glimpse of Craig Hansen as NESN is showing Sea Dogs/Thunder at 7:00. ABC has Cowboys/Seahawks preseason at 8:00. ESPN has baseball at 8:00, but the teams are not listed on their website yet.

08.19.2005 Afternoon

A number of links from the afternoon and late updating papers, as wells as some views from the blogosphere.

First of all, be sure to check out BSMW’s own Game Day Rear View. The new blog design is getting good reviews and the coverage by Scott A Benson reflects almost 40 years of observing Patriots football. Jeff Sullivan also has a number of thoughts and observations on last night’s game. Dave Doyle also weighs in while flipping between the Red Sox and Patriots.

Glen Farley says that the Patriots aren’t ready for prime time yet. Eric McHugh says that Tim Dwight was a bright light in last night’s loss. Ted Ribeiro calls it a typical preseason game. Tom King says that even though the end result was a loss, Patriots fans had to be happy to see Tom Brady on the field.

Ron Hobson looks at how Doug Flutie is defying the again process at 42. Farley says that Brady and Flutie began their nights with decidedly different results. David Pevear says that the two quarterbacks get passing grades for last night. Larry Phung looks at the night for Tim Dwight.

McHugh observes that the Saints were pretty much able to run amok on the Patriots last night. Viv Bernstein in the New York Times has a look at Romeo Crennel as he tackles the building of the Browns with an eye to acquiring another Super Bowl ring. King’s notebook looks at Wesley Mallard and has a number of items from the game last night. Phung’s notebook reminds us that it was the preseason for the coaches as well.

Jim Baker feels that the announcers in last night’s game were just a bit too Patriot-friendly.

Kevin Thomas says that Craig Hansen is drawing quite a crowd for what may be a brief stay up in Portland. Alan Greenwood says that we might be approaching an October than neither the Red Sox or Yankees will want to watch.

Losses All Around

A rough night for the locals as the Patriots drop an exhibition game at home to the New Orleans Saints (Though we can claim that the Patriots first team beat the Saints first team) and the Red Sox got thumped by the Angels out in Anaheim. Or is it Los Angeles?

The Patriots fell to the Saints 37-27 at Gillette,in a game which clearly meant a whole lot more to New Orleans than it did to the Patriots. Michael Felger reports that it was a struggle for the Patriots, who were inconsistent on both sides of the ball. Jerome Solomon says that at the very least, Tom Brady looked ok. Tom E Curran focuses on Doug Flutie’s effort last night, which sparked the Patriots to a touchdown drive. Alan Greenberg also focuses on Flutie and has observations about many of the first team players and how they looked last night. Tim Weisberg says that the Patriots quarterbacks looked ok last night, but the rest of the squad struggled in the loss. Michael Parente says that Brady and Doug Flutie were the focus of the night at Gillette. Scott Souza, who may be stepping up into Patriots coverage on the Metrowest Daily News with the departure of Mike Reiss reports on the evening at Gillette, and points out those who helped themselves last night.

Ron Borges writes that Doug Flutie showed that he still has that magic, and that should the Patriots need him this season, he’ll be ready to go. What’s interesting to me is how in print, Borges says that Brady’s arm is “allegedly” hurt, while in the pregame show on WBCN, he was stating it as if it were fact, stating that why else would Brady’s “throwing guru” have made an appearance in camp this week to check out his mechanics? He also said that if Charlie Weis was still around, there’s no way that guy would’ve been allowed near Gillette. Tony Massarotti muses about how far things have come in 15 years for Flutie. Jim Donaldson waxes on about Flutie’s love of the game, and how should the unthinkable happen and Tom Brady get hurt, that Flutie is the guy Patriots fans should want out on the field in his place. Lenny Megliola says that for starters, last night’s appearance by Flutie certain wasn’t dull.

Dan Pires says that Tom Brady was a little shaky last night, but he and his arm looked fine for a first preseason appearance. Christopher Price lists out 10 things that we learned last night. Ian M Clark looks at fullback Kyle Eckel, who continues to impress. Ron Indrisano looks at Rodney Harrison taking the loss hard last night, preseason or not. Howard Bryant (subscription only) also looks at Harrison and the Patriots taking losses, any losses, hard. He notes that the Pats are all business, not once last night was there any mention in the stadium about the team being the two-time defending world champions.

Mike Reiss makes his Globe debut with a look at rookie cornerback Ellis Hobbs, who also showed some spark as a kick returner last night. Robert Lee observes that Hobbs is making an impression during the preseason, showing there is likely a spot for him on this team. Adam Kilgore has a look at Tim Dwight, who looked good both as a receiver and punt returner. Adam Kurkjian and Reiss each look at Norwood’s Alfred Fincher, who enjoyed playing in Gillette against the Patriots last night. Kilgore also has a piece on Christian Fauria, and Lee submits another on Deion Branch, who didn’t play again last night, but is feeling good and rarin’ to go. Nick Tavares has a number of NFL thoughts, but most of all he just wishes TO would go away.

Solomon’s notebook leads with a mention of Mike Vrabel though no real information beyond the fact that he didn’t play and was wearing shorts and appeared to have no wrap on his ankle or leg. Felger’s notebook focuses on Tim Dwight and his night catching passes and returning punts. Curran’s notebook also looks at Dwight. While Dwight will likely handle the punt return duties, the Patriots would like to see what Chad Morton can do, that is the lead subject of Parente’s notebook.

Red Sox Thumped in California

I went to bed around 11:30 with the Red Sox/Angels score still at 1-0. I get up at 5:30 this morning, check the papers and see a 13-4 loss for the locals. Apparently a lot happened, most of it bad, after I retired for the night. David Heuschkel says that the Red Sox and Tim Wakefield were caught in harm’s way last night as the Angels put up those 13 runs, and Wakefield had to leave the game after getting whacked on the shin by a line drive off the bat of Casey Kotchman – which I think must’ve happened right after I turned off the game, because I believe Kotchman was on deck. Gordon Edes says that it’s usually good vibrations for the Red Sox when they visit southern California, but last night it was a hard knock life. Michael Silverman says that while the Red Sox might’ve taken a hard one last night, they usually bounce back from losses of that type pretty well. Steven Krasner says that at this point it is not known if Wakefield is going to miss any time with this injury.

Dan Shaughnessy notes that sometimes we forget that last year’s playoffs began with a series against the Angels. It’s usually all just Yankees and Cardinals. Karen Guregian gets an early start on the “give David Ortiz a new contract now” bandwagon as she talks to the Red Sox slugger about his contract, and if he’d like to finish his career in Boston. Guregian also looks at the line drive which felled Tim Wakefield. Silverman has Johnny Damon issuing a flat denial of a rumor that floated around internet chat rooms yesterday about steroids. Theo Epstein is quoted in the article and is correct about speculation of positive tests being a serious thing. I’ve gotten a number of emails from people who say they heard…usually from some unnamed person at a media outlet that so-and-so have test positive and that MLB is waiting another day or two to make the formal announcement. One said that the source was “someone who worked at ESPN” and that the network was simply gathering tape on the players so they could run the report. I haven’t put stock in any of them, and without the name of the originating source, I wouldn’t dream of publishing them anywhere, even on a message board. I almost wish that reporters would NOT take these internet rumors and ask a player to address them and then put it in the paper. It gives the people who start these things exactly what they want. Their “rumor” gets out there and becomes news, and they can sit back and enjoy the ruckus they caused. But, that is the age in which we live, where the line between internet rumors and reporting is sometimes blurred. I realize that the reporters job is to also shoot down false information like this, and I’m glad it’s been addressed and dismissed.

Heuschkel’s notebook also reports on Damon dismissing the steroid rumors. Krasner’s notebook looks at more shaky defense for the Red Sox out West. Silverman’s notebook says that Craig Hansen could be on the fast track to the majors, possibly before September 1st. Edes’ notebook looks at Trot Nixon making rapid progress and almost ready to go play on a rehab assignment.

Chris Snow’s Minor League notebook looks at AA pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who appears to be another terrific young power arm in the Red Sox system. There are a number of other notes in the article as well. Jeff Horrigan’s Minor League notebook leads with a look at Lenny DiNardo.

John Connolly looks at BC center and captain Patrick Ross, who hopes to continue the tradition of strong offensive lines at Boston College. Connolly’s notebook reports that the battle for starting tailback appears to have been won by sophomore L.V. Whitworth.

Fluto Shinzawa reports on NHL games that will be aired on Outdoor Life Network this winter.

David Scott looks at Tim Wakefield going down last night, he has a look at the bloggers from the mainstream media who are stumbling out of the gate…a dissection of the Globe’s insistence that we care about track and field and kayakking…and tons more in his weekly installment of Scott’s Shots.

UPN38 has Red Sox/Angels at 10:00. CBS has Vikings/Jets preseason at 8:00.

Goin’ West

The Red Sox lose two of three in Detroit, but thanks to the Yankees, they’re still in good shape for the Division. The Patriots prepare for their second preseason game tonight, and we’ve got some hockey, college, and media notes as well.

David Wells and the Red Sox stumbled out of the gate yesterday, falling behind early and finding themselves unable to overcome the deficit, losing 6-5 to the Tigers in Detroit. Chris Snow says that Wells was sick…physically…for the second straight start as he battles through some sort of stomach issue. Jeff Horrigan reports that the weakened Wells has been bothered by this issue for more than a week now. Steven Krasner notes that in the ninth, it came down to David Ortiz once more, but this time Big Papi was unable to come through, instead hitting into a game ending double play. David Heuschkel says that Wells hopes that sleeping in his own bed in California the next few nights will help him out. David Borges notes that hitting into a total of five double plays on the afternoon didn’t help out the Red Sox cause.

Tony Massarotti observes that a difference between this Red Sox club and editions of years past is that having won a championship, this team can shrug off bad series such as this just-concluded three game set in Detroit and still remain confident. Nick Cafardo wishes Manny was more like Kevin Millar in wanting to play every day and wishes Kevin Millar was more like Manny in being able to actually produce. Robert Carroll has a look at Mike Remlinger, who is living a dream by pitching for the team he grew up watching in Massachusetts and at the part he went to with his dad as a kid. Let’s hope his pitching improves, or the dream will be short lived…as a whiner line caller noted recently at least Remlinger’s ERA with the Red Sox is now a finite number. Massarotti says that the end is near for Mark Bellhorn as his rehab assignment expires on Saturday and the Red Sox will have decide what to do with him. Horrigan reports that Bronson Arroyo won’t be going anywhere in a waiver deal this month because he didn’t clear waivers.

Howard Bryant (subscription only) says that Curt Schilling looks at like Bill Walton, circa 1987 after winning a championship with the Celtics and having nothing left physically. He notes that we might now see the full price for Schilling’s having gutted it out during the playoffs last year and pitching on that ankle tendon. He also says that the Yankees are eyeing the upcoming September series with the Red Sox as a means of climbing over the Red Sox in the division standings.

Snow’s notebook looks at Manny’s day off yesterday. Manny was scheduled for a day off on Sunday, but requested yesterday because he was a bit beat up. If forced to choose, I’d rather have Manny in the lineup against the Angels than the Tigers anyway. Horrigan’s notebook also reports on Manny’s day off, as does Krasner’s notebook and Borges’ notebook.

The Patriots gear up for their second preseason game tonight, and the first at Gillette as they take on the New Orleans Saints. Michael Felger reports that the starters for both sides will see significant time…perhaps even into the third quarter. Tom E Curran says the Saints are trying to show something after a poor showing last week, and the Patriots are still trying to learn about what they have at certain positions. Alan Greenberg says that yo can expect to see Tom Brady on the field tonight. Jerome Solomon says that there will be some scouting going on tonight as these two teams will meet up in November during the regular season as well. Ian M Clark writes that special teams will be the point of emphasis for Bill Belichick’s squad tonight. Christopher Price also looks at the Saints marching into Gillette tonight. Scott A Benson has a Game Day PRE View for tonight’s matchup.

Michael Felger’s Patriots Insider reports that no one…that means you Borges and Cafardo…can accuse the Patriots of being cheap as their payroll could be the highest in the NFL this season. He also has several other items, including looks at Vince Wilfork, Marquise Hill, Matt Cassel and the coaching staff. Jim Donaldson says that in Tom Brady’s case, a nice guy finishes first, and concludes the article by telling us that “Truth is, professional athletes don’t come any better these days.” Adam Kurkjian looks at Norwood’s Alfred Fincher, who is coming into Gillette tonight as a rookie linebacker for the Saints. Chris Kennedy has Tom Brady again insisting that his arm is just fine. Hector Longo has a look at Deion Branch, who remains grounded and eager for more success with Tom Brady. Michael Parente says that tonight’s preseason game with the Saints is a little more important than the others. Dan Pires looks at rookie receiver Bam Childress. Solomon’s notebook looks at the injury situation for tonight, and none of them at this point appear too serious.

It appears that the Globe has pulled the plug on the popular “Ask Nick” mailbag and that that duty will now be handled by Mike Reiss. You can submit your questions for the new Ask Reiss mailbag on Boston.com now. Even though some of his answers were a bit mystifying, the Ask Nick mailbag was always a must-read. As Bill Simmons would say, the Unintentional Comedy Factor was always very high in those editions. I’m looking forward to seeing how Reiss handles the task.

Fluto Shinzawa reports on the Bruins re-signing center Travis Green. Joe McDonald observes that the Bruins seem to have the net pretty well covered with Andrew Raycroft and Hannu Toivonen. The NHL will have a new television home, as USA Today’s Michael Hiestand reports on Outdoor Life Network taking over the league after ESPN bowed out.

The Boston College football team lost a second player for the season yesterday as sophomore tight end Trey Koziol suffered a torn ACL in a preseason scrimmage on Saturday. Michael Vega reports on the loss. Matt Eagan reports that UConn coach Jim Calhoun has suspended players Marcus Williams and A.J. Price indefinitely from basketball-related activities as a result of their roles in the Laptop scandal. Rough times for the UConn Men’s hoops program as this is only one of several incidents that have taken place in Calhoun’s program in the last year.

James Whitters says farewell on the Globe West beat. His position is the one that will be filled by Mike Reiss. Douglas Flynn has a report on Steve Buckley’s Oldtime Baseball Game, which was played last night.

The Yankees blew another one in Tampa last night. Get the stories over at the New York Sports News page. There’s also the Bay Area Sports page for headlines from the S.F. region.

FOX has Patriots/Saints preseason at 8:00. NESN has Red Sox/Angels at 10:00. ESPN has Diamondbacks/Cardinals at 8:00. TBS has Braves/Dodgers at 7:30.

Extra Explosion

The Red Sox pull one out of the fire with an impressive late inning offensive surge. There are plenty of Patriots articles today, and a number of other items from around the sports world as well.

Things were not looking so good for the Red Sox as they went into the ninth inning trailing 3-2 last night. To that point they had held to two hits on the night by Tigers starter Nate Robertson, who had cruised through the game only throwing 90 pitches in eight full innings. Inexplicably, Tigers manager Alan Trammell removed Robertson to begin the ninth, and David Ortiz promptly tied the game at three, and then in the tenth, the Red Sox exploded for seven more runs. Not even Mike Remlinger could cough up that lead, though he tried, surrendering a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th, but he still managed to hang on and get the final out in a 10-7 Red Sox win.

Couple that with a late inning collapse by Mariano Rivera and the Yankees down in Tampa, and you have quite the turning point according to Jeff Horrigan. Ortiz also hit a three run home run in the tenth inning, and David Heuschkel has Johnny Damon saying Ortiz is the best clutch hitter in baseball. Chris Snow has a well done game story where he looks at Ortiz drawing on his experience as a teammate of Fernando Rodney during winterball to help beat the Tigers closer last night. David Borges takes note of the sudden two game swing in the standings which occurred unexpectedly last night. Steven Krasner also reports on Ortiz helping snatch victory from the jaws of defeat last night.

Nick Cafardo examines the effort of last night’s starter for the Red Sox, young Jonathan Papelbon. He anoints the youngster the title of best homegrown arm since Roger Clemens, and makes several other references to the Rocket during the article, while at the same time warning that he is not comparing him to Clemens. Tony Massarotti says that watching David Ortiz is what it must’ve been like watching Yaz during the summer of 1967. Horrigan reports that Curt Schilling isn’t in the mix to return to the rotation yet. Massarotti reports on Kevin Youkilis once again being shipped down the Lou Merloni highway, this time to make room for John Olerud’s return. Horrigan makes note of a bizarre scene up in Portland the other night, former short-time Red Sox player (Five games in 1995) Dave Hollins, now coaching in the Mets system, charged into the Sea Dogs dugout after a member of the coaching staff. Kevin Thomas has the story in the Portland Press Herald. Steve Mazzone reports on ex-Sox outfielder Rick Miller coaching some kids at the Bank of America Youth Baseball Clinic.

Snow’s notebook says that this time, Papelbon will be sticking around a little bit longer. Horrigan’s notebook observes that Papelbon made Tigers hitters look silly at times last night with a 97 mph fastball coupled with a biting split-fingered pitch. Krasner’s notebook says that Papelbon was a little more comfortable in his second big league outing. Heuschkel’s notebook says that Curt Schilling isn’t going right back into the rotation anytime soon. When Keith Foulke returns there will be some sort of gradual transition, according to Terry Francona. Borges’ notebook looks at Youkilis being sent to Pawtucket once again.

Jerome Solomon reports on Tom Brady, who wants to put the rumors that there is something wrong with his arm to rest. Tom E Curran looks at Brady coming through just fine yesterday, both in his extra throwing session with Deion Branch and talking about the upcoming GQ article, for which he is receiving a lot of ribbing from his teammates. Michael Felger also reports that Brady claims his arm and pride are both doing just fine. Chris Kennedy also looks at the nonstop ribbing Brady was getting at practice yesterday. Michael Parente has still more on Brady and both his elbow and the heat he was taking from his teammates.

Ron Borges has a powerful piece with Larry Izzo, looking at the Patriots Pro Bowl Special Teamer, who is determined to do what he can for the families of those who have lost loved ones in the war in Iraq. Alan Greenberg reports on Christian Fauria, who has been the center of countless articles this summer as speculation over his future abounds with two younger, talented tight ends in camp. Fauria says he will be playing football this season, be it with the Patriots, or with some other club. Robert Lee reports on the haircuts given to the rookies at practice yesterday, many of them came out of it looking like they were in a punk rock band.

Felger reports that Doug Flutie will see some playing time tomorrow night as he auditions for the role of backup QB with the Patriots. Jonanthan Comey isn’t getting too worked up over the battle for the backup quarterback spot this summer. Bill Simmons wonders when all wide receivers went crazy. Steve Buckley (subscription only) reports on Jack Blais, who purchased the naming rights to the Patriots practice facilities, and then donated them to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He also looks at Robert Kraft, who is enjoying every moment of the Patriots success, though he remembers the down times as well.

Solomon’s notebook has more on the bad haircuts given to the rookies. Felger’s notebook looks at Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch, who feels great during this camp. Curran’s notebook has a look at running back Kory Chapman, who might be making a big to stick with the Patriots. Kennedy’s notebook has more on the rookie hazing, while Parente’s notebook reports on Blais’ donation of the naming rights of the Patriots Practice Facility.

Carolyn Thornton reports on the Celtics signing second round pick Ryan Gomes to a three year contract.

Douglas Flynn and Mick Colageo report on former Bruins assistant Peter Laviolette being named coach of the US Olympic team for 2006.

Lenny Megliola reports on Boston College quarterback Quinton Porter, who is getting ready to meet the ACC for the first time. Peter May does a profile of Curt Oberg, who is living a dream by serving as a volunteer assistant coach and football operations director for Dartmouth College. Matt Eagan reports on UConn guard Marcus Williams being arrested in the Laptop scandal – a story which doesn’t seem to be getting too much of a push given its significance.

Get the details of the Yankees extra inning loss as well as the other stories of the morning at the New York Sports News page. Check out the stories from the West coast including the possible return of Barry Bonds on the Bay Area Sports page.

NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 1:00. ESPN has Cubs/Astros at 7:00. ESPN2 has Blue Jays/Angels at 10:00.

08.16.2005 Afternoon

Not a whole lot of afternoon links today. Sports radio has been a lot of Curt Schilling talk, and panic on the airwaves after a single loss. The Big Show has spent plenty of time on Tom Brady and the front page story in the Herald today about the photos from the upcoming GQ magazine article in which the Patriots QB talks about his web surfing habits.

Good for Jon Wallach for getting a full-time gig and increased role at WEEI. He deserves it after working 7 days a week for most of the last decade. However, I have to admit that I’m finding his pairing with Michael Holley on the middays while Dale Arnold is away in Europe to be quite painful. I don’t know if it is the pairing or what, but I’m not enjoying it. Wallach almost seems to be trying too hard at the role, and the attempts at humor by the shots at the fill-in flash guy and commenting on music and fashion are coming across as forced. I know, I knock guys for not trying at all and here I’m knocking Wallach for trying too hard…I do think he’ll get better as he gets more time with Holley.

Eric McHugh has a decent profile on the Patriots Wesly Mallard, who prepares to be a special teams demon for New England this season. Tom King has a look at the tight end position in camp, with Christina Fauria in the spotlight. The veteran brings a lot more to the team than his contributions on the field, according to coach Belichick.

Bob Stern talks to Manny Delcarmen Sr about the pride he has in seeing his son pitch for the Red Sox and seemingly having a bright future in front of him. Win Bates doesn’t believe we’ll see Sox vs. Sox in the playoffs. Eric Wilbur believes it is time to let Mike Timlin close out some games, and in the rest of his blog today he has some other links and items of note.

Multiple Streaks Come To An End In Detroit

A shocking Red Sox loss leads off the headlines this morning, followed by updates from Patriots camp, where Tom Brady tossed the pigskin around a little bit in the afternoon. There are PGA Championship stories, and a few other items of note this morning.

NESN announcers Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy were having a grand old time last night, laughing it up uncontrollably at times, during the Red Sox/Tigers game last night. They laughed over a couple of streakers on the field, and then over the thought of taking Hollywood tours of movie star neighborhoods while out in Anaheim this coming weekend. I had the sound down during the last inning last night, as I was on the phone, but I’m guessing the laughter died down considerably as Curt Schilling allowed three runs in the ninth inning, and allowed the Tigers to come back and defeat the Red Sox 7-6.

Chris Snow looks at a dejected Schilling following the game as he explains that while he is still learning the role of closer, he can’t be costing his team games while doing it. Jeff Horrigan compares starter Bronson Arroyo and Schilling to the two naked streakers, who stepped on the field with absolutely nothing. Steven Krasner also examines Schillings late inning struggles last night, noting that he didn’t get over 91 on the radar gun. David Heuschkel looks at the Red Sox getting themselves in position for a win before having it unexpectedly fall apart in the ninth. David Borges says that prior to Schilling’s meltdown in the ninth, the night belonged to the streakers who halted play for a few minutes in the bottom of the sixth.

Sean McAdam says that the team needs to address its Achilles heel – the bullpen – or their postseason stay if they make it, will be brief. Nick Cafardo looks at the rough patch that Curt Schilling hit last night, and trots out some Chuck Waseleski stats to show just how ugly the bullpen performance has been in tight situations this season. Tony Massarotti notes that the hot streak that carried the Red Sox into the postseason began a year ago today. He asserts that it is time for this year’s edition of the Red Sox to go on a similar tear.

John Tomase has a piece on Gabe Kapler, whom Kevin Youkilis calls the Rodney Harrison of the Red Sox. Horrigan reports on Jonathan Papelbon getting called up to make the start tonight in Detroit, a move which will kick off a number of roster moves this week. Massarotti looks at the laborious start for Bronson Arroyo last night. Jon Couture says the Red Sox are their way to their Division title since 1995. Steve Buckley (subscription only) previews his charity Oldtime Baseball Game, which will take place tomorrow night at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge at 7:00pm. Bill Simmons looks at the race for AL MVP and wonders why Johnny Damon isn’t getting more consideration.

Krasner’s notebook looks at Papelbon getting the starting nod tonight. Heuschkel’s notebook also looks at the young prospect getting a second start with the big club. Borges’ notebook also addresses the topic of the phenom trying to get his first big league win in the Motor City. Snow’s notebook looks at…you guessed it…Papelbon. Horrigan’s notebook looks at Manny Delcarmen being sent down to make room for Papelbon.

Tom E Curran examines the Patriots stance concerning managing and communicating about injuries. Alan Greenberg looks at Corey Dillon, who is thankful that he got through last year successfully, answered all the questions and skeptics, and is now looking forward to just being able to concentrate on football. Adam Kilgore says that for Rosevelt Colvin, being able to go from play to play, and do simple things like brushing his teeth without thinking about his hip is making a big difference during this training camp. Michael Parente looks at the rest of the linebackers and how they are learning and progressing without the veteran presence of Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson around.

Karen Guregian examines the Patriots special teams, where even the stars get in and do the dirty work. Chris Kennedy has a look at linebacker Wesly Mallard, who looks to be a big contributor on special teams. Parente also reports on receiver Deion Branch, who says he feels the best he ever has coming into camp. Guregian also analyzes the throwing patterns of Tom Brady, who still has many wondering if he is nursing an injury because of his irregular practice schedule. Coach Belichick insists it is a matter of getting the other quarterbacks some work and reps in camp.

Curran’s notebook looks at the unique situation of fullback Kyle Eckel, who is in camp while on leave from the Navy and awaiting his next assignment. Bill Belichick seems confident that if the Patriots decide to keep him, something could be worked out with the Navy. Kilgore’s notebook reports that Brady will play on Thursday night against the Saints. Guregian’s notebook says that the play of the day in practice yesterday involved Doug Flutie, who got steamrolled after getting picked off and trying to tackle linebacker Don Davis. Kennedy’s notebook also looks at the play involving Flutie.

Jim McCabe looks at Phil Mickelson finishing off his first PGA Championship yesterday morning. Bruce Berlet looks at Mickelson winning his second Major. George Kimball says that Mickelson, now having separated himself from the slew of one-major winners out there, might be poise to make a run at a few more in the near future. McCabe’s notebook says that while Steve Elkington may not of won the tournament yesterday, he can take solace in the fact that his world ranking jumped from 129th to 48th with the second place finish. At the start of 2005, he was ranked 386th. Kimball’s notebook looks at Tiger Woods settling for a fourth place tie.

Stephen Harris and Fluto Shinzawa look a few minor moves by the Bruins yesterday.

Other than a one sentence mention in the Globe sports log, there was no mention at least in the online editions of the local papers about the Celtics being able to save a little money yesterday by taking advantage of the one-time Amnesty clause and ridding themselves of the luxury tax payment they would have to pay for remaining money they owed to Vin Baker. ESPN reports on how teams around the league took advantage of this provision, and CelticsBlog has a look at why the Celtics didn’t shed either Mark Blount or Raef LaFrentz.

John Molori’s Media Blitz has a fellow agent saying that Terrell Owens agent Drew “Rosenhaus is embarrassing to the business”. He also looks at ESPN Hollywood and debuts a new feature: “Bet you didn’t know”.

Chad Finn has a lengthy and relevant edition of Touching All The Bases.

Get your out of town sports headlines on the New York and Bay Area sports pages.

NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00.

No Win, No Loss

Trailing 5-2 in the fourth inning, the Red Sox were granted a reprieve after a lengthly rain delay when yesterday’s game was called off and the score and statistics wiped out. Chris Snow reports on the damp afternoon at Fenway. Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox getting saved by the rain yesterday. Sean McAdam also looks at the streak be preserved, while the Red Sox head out onto an extended road trip. Paul Doyle says that the rain didn’t dampen the optimism around the Red Sox, who despite trailing in the game when it was called, are playing their best baseball of the season. Ron Chimelis and David Borges also report on the wet afternoon in Boston.

Brendan McGair talks to Dan Booth, who works inside the Green Monster at Fenway Park. In the course of the story, he tells what happened that night against the Devil Rays when Manny went inside the wall. Gordon Edes looks back at Morgan’s Magic in the summer of 1988. This is relevant because thanks to the rain, the Red Sox are still in the midst of their longest home winning streak since that time. Howard Bryant (subscription only) notes that Matt Clement has the luxury of wiping yesterday off the slate completely. He can forget it ever happened. Alex Speier looks at the rain helping keep the home winning streak intact for the Red Sox.

Jon Couture has an article on Adam Stern, with a couple notes on Johnny Damon and Mike Remlinger tossed in there. Adam Kilgore looks at the fans who stayed the nearly 6 complete hours at Fenway Park yesterday only to have the game rained out in the end. Howard Bryant documents how David Ortiz sent a clear message to the White Sox on Friday and Saturday night. Chimelis hates the Manny being Manny slogan.

The Globe notebook looks at Matt Clement getting off the hook with his rough outing yesterday thanks to the rain. It also reports on whether first baseman Paul Konerko might want to sign here in the offseason. Horrigan’s notebook examines the possibilities of when the game might be made up. The next off day for both teams is Labor Day but the players seem hesitant to give up their only day off in a stretch of 30 days. McAdam’s notebook says that the game might not be made up at all. Doyle’s notebook also says that both team might want to pass on the makeup date. Borges’ notebook says that Johnny Damon plans on being back in the lineup tonight in Detroit. Chimelis’ notebook says that the Red Sox are not giving up on Mike Remlinger.

Karen Guregian says that Patriots fans can rest easy…Tom Brady was seen throwing the ball at practice yesterday, and looked good doing it. Jerome Solomon submits a profile of rookie cornerback Ellis Hobbs. Shalise Manza Young takes a look at how some of the Patriots veterans, such as Troy Brown and Adam Vinatieri approach training camp. Alan Greenberg looks at the uphill battle facing rookie free agent receivers Jason Anderson and Bam Childress in their attempt to secure a spot on the Patriots roster this season. Chris Kennedy talks to Christian Fauria about another NFL training camp, the 11th for the veteran tight end. Guregian also details Bill Belichick urging caution on the sky high optimism surrounding rookie quarterback Matt Cassel.

Solomon’s notebook also has Belichick addressing Cassel’s performance, Young’s notebook has more on the same topic. Guregian’s notebook examines the situation at linebacker, with the names Monty Beisel, Mike Vrabel and Roman Phifer being mentioned.

Jim Fennell of the Union Leader chronicles his attempts to tell the story of former Franklin Pierce College basketball player Kevin Scott. Mike Reiss says farewell to the Metrowest beat as he is headed for the bigger pastures of the Boston Globe.

The New York Sports News page has headlines on Pedro Martinez’s near no-hitter yesterday, and the NY Times has an article on the Red Sox webpage being rated higher than the Yankees webpage. You can also check out the Bay Area Sports page for headlines on the Raiders, A’s and Giants.

NESN has Red Sox/Tigers at 7:00. ESPN has Eagles/Steelers preseason football at 8:00.

Patriots/Bengals Game Day posted.

Be sure to check out the latest Game Day Rear View by Scott A Benson.