The Red Sox are in a familiar postseason position: facing elimination. Last night they were able to get four early runs off White Sox starter Mark Buehrle, and David Wells seemed to be on his game until the fifth inning, when an error by Tony Graffanino on a potential double-play ball gave the White Sox extra life. Two batters later, second baseman Tadahito Iguchi hit a three run homer which gave Chicago a lead it would never give up. Game stories: Chris Snow, Globe. Jeff Horrigan, Herald. Steven Krasner, ProJo. David Heuschkel, Courant. David Borges, Pawtucket Times. Jon Couture, Standard Times. Dan Shaughnessy, front page of the Globe. Lenny Megliola says that the Red Sox have put themselves into a familiar hole. Sean McAdam writes that maybe this is the only way these Red Sox know how to do things. Howard Bryant (subscription only) writes that the Red Sox are going to have to rely on their comeback magic once again.
Gordon Edes looks at Wells, who wouldn’t place the blame for the game on Graffanino. Steve Buckley, (Subscription only) says that Graffanino’s error isn’t the end of the world, and calls those in the media “idiots” who try to compare it to Bill Buckner’s error in 1986. Jackie MacMullan says that Graffanino isn’t going to let the memory of that painfully slow ground ball to him break his spirit. Heuschkel also looks at how the Red Sox second baseman is dealing with the fallout of committing that error on such a big stage. Bill Reynolds says that last night’s game hurt much more than the game one blowout. Krasner reports on David Wells, who once again didn’t want to come out of the game last night.
Tony Massarotti says that the Red Sox have lost their patience at the plate, and makes the interesting observation that Ozzie Guillen went to his closer in the eighth inning because he knows the Red Sox are hopeless if they do not score runs in bulk. Edes writes that the Red Sox are aware that their pitching problems do not begin and end with Matt Clement, who could see further work in the series. Steve Buckley says that Clement will be available in the bullpen starting with tomorrow’s game three. Alex Speier also looks at what the future holds for Clement in this series. Massarotti has a lighthearted look at Terry Francona’s banter with the media, where he seems comfortable enough to say almost anything. Rob Duca says that backs against the wall is nothing at all new for these Red Sox.
Chris Snow has a bit in the Globe where Bud Selig seems to feel that the Red Sox are within their rights to proclaim themselves AL East cochampions with the Yankees. Horrigan looks at new Texas GM Jon Daniels, who has replaced Theo Epstein as the youngest ever GM in baseball. Daniels got his start in baseball under Red Sox assistant GM Josh Brynes while in Colorado. Lenny Megliola says that the Red Sox roster is sure to change next season as a lot of familiar names with likely be gone. Jon Couture says that Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park may both be in Chicago, but they are worlds apart in other ways.
Snow’s notebook looks at potential game five starters for the Red Sox. If we come to that. Heuschkel’s notebook also reports on Clement as a candidate for a start on Sunday. Horrigan’s notebook has Theo Epstein expressing faith in his club’s ability to come back. He also reports on the Red Sox showing interest in Ken Macha as a possible addition to Terry Francona’s coaching staff next season. Borges’ notebook has Well forgiving Graffanino for the error, but steamed at Francona for taking him out of the game.
Nick Cafardo says that Red Sox fans can probably cross Paul Konerko off their free agent shopping list this winter, as the White Sox first baseman doesn’t show much interest in Boston. Reid Laymance looks at rookie closer Bobby Jenks coming in and slamming the door on the Red Sox with heat in a two inning save. Cafardo notes that Tadahito Iguchi’s work on the “curveball machine” prior to the game last night paid dividends for him and the White Sox. McAdam says that the White Sox second baseman has really been the difference in this series. Buddy Thomas says that Ozzie Guillen is actually managing in this series, while Terry Francona sits back and coasts along. You can read the coverage in the Chicago papers at the websites of the Sun Times and Tribune, as Chicago prepares to sweep the Red Sox tomorrow afternoon in Boston. Cafardo’s notebook looks at Mark Buehrle finishing strong after the shaky beginning to the evening.
John Powers looks at Orlando Cabrera coming up big for the Angels as they even up their series with the Yankees with a 5-3 win. Bob Ryan contrasts the formulas that the Yankees and Angels use to win games, each has their own style. Get the coverage from New York on the New York Sports News page. Powers’ notebook looks at the Yankees finally returning home, after 10 days on the road.
It was opening night for the Bruins, and their fans left disappointed as well, after a penalty call on Tom Fitzgerald with just under 26 seconds left in the third period gave the Canadiens a power play, which they cashed in on 15 second later, giving the Habs a 2-1 opening night victory. Nancy Marrapese Burrell looks at the new season opening the same way the last one ended. Douglas Flynn says that the opening night loss to the Canadiens is nothing new for the Bruins. Joe McDonald and Jerry Trecker also have game stories on last night’s loss.
Kevin Paul Dupont declare that though the Bruins might’ve lost last night, the fact that the game is back and in business once again is a victory for everyone. Joe Haggerty welcomes the NHL back to Boston. Mick Colageo notes that Jeremy Jacobs has very high hopes for his team and league this season. Stephen Harris looks at the kinder, gentler, NHL. Tim Bresnahan says that this is a season of no excuses for hockey. Dupont also says that with the Canadiens in town, the old, familiar buzz could be felt in the building as well.
Fluto Shinzawa looks at Andrew Alberts making his NHL debt with the Bruins last night. Marvin Pave looks at Michael Ryder, who netted the game winner for Montreal last night. James Murphy says that these Bruins are still learning as they go. Shinzawa also has a look at Tom Fitzgerald, who places blame for the loss clearly on his own shoulders. Steve Conroy also reports on Fitzgerald. Harris looks at 37 year old Brian Leetch, who still gets fired up for opening night.
Burrell’s notebook looks at a frustrating night for Andrew Raycroft. McDonald’s notebook looks at the continuing challenge of getting Nick Boynton signed and with the club. Flynn’s notebook also has Jacob’s talking a good game on opening night.
Michael Felger and Alan Greenberg report on Tom Brady showing a little bit of Rodney Harrison as he got a bit feisty with the press and talking about Marty Schottenheimer. Jerome Solomon examines the Patriots problems wrapping up and finishing off tackles. That will be a key this week, as Tom E Curran says that Atlanta might have an even better running game than San Diego showed. Michael Parente says that the Falcons enjoy running over the other team.
Karen Guregian looks at Deion Branch attracting the attention of opposing defenses. Albert Breer looks at one of the men who will be spending time on Branch, DeAngelo Hall, who patterns himself after another Deion. Eric McHugh examines the Patriots efforts to find some answers to turning their team around. Christopher Price looks at how the Patriots backup quarterbacks are helping the defense prepare for Michael Vick this Sunday. Guregian also looks at this angle, noting that Doug Flutie is playing the role of Michael Vick much of the time. Felger says that the Patriots defense will be attempting to guard against the cut block style of the Atlanta offensive line.
Felger’s notebook looks at Richard Seymour sitting out at least the first portion of practice yesterday, apparently having hurt his knee while playing fullback on Sunday. Solomon’s notebook has Brady warning the press not to write off the Patriots just yet. Curran’s notebook has more on Brady’s session with the media yesterday. Parente’s notebook has Branch hoping for a bounce back game this week.
Steve Bulpett reports on the Celtics brass bringing in some legends to help show the young squad what the right way to do things is, so they can keep in step with the new “code of conduct” the team is trying to enforce. Peter May has a look at Curtis Borchardt, who was obtained for salary cap reasons in the Antoine Walker trade, but who could possibly become a contributor to the club. Bulpett reports on Al Jefferson’s ankle sprain, the second year forward is expected to miss about 10 days or so. May’s notebook has more on Jefferson, and Bulpett’s notebook has Kendrick Perkins singled out as the “most dominant big on the floor” so far this week at camp.
ESPN2 has Padres/Cardinals at 4:00. FOX has Astros/Braves at 8:00. ESPN has college football will NC State/Georgia Tech at 7:30.