It was a long and ugly night on national TV for the Red Sox as Josh Beckett and company were bombed in the Bronx, 13-5 by the depleted New York Yankees.
Jeff Horrigan wonders if the Red Sox aren’t questioning their decision to trade top prospects Hanley Ramirez and Anibal Sanchez for Beckett, who melted down again last night. Steven Krasner wonders what’s wrong with Beckett. Chris Snow has a disgusted Josh Beckett talking about his brief outing and causing the Red Sox bullpen to be drained. David Heuschkel notes Beckett’s disbelief in his performance last night, in the park where he had celebrated the greatest moment of his career. David Borges notes that the Yankees seemed to have solved Beckett pretty well last night, as the Red Sox and Yankees once again flip-flopped in the standings. Bill Ballou, like many others, wonders if there is something physically wrong with Beckett.
Jackie MacMullan writes that this outing was stunning and unexpected from Beckett, thought he continues to struggle mightily on the road. Tony Massarotti believes that the Red Sox are nothing more than paper tigers who can’t beat anyone good. Gordon Edes observes that this was no instant classic in the Bronx, but the Sox will get another chance tonight. Steve Buckley says that the pressure is on young David Pauley tonight in the Bronx, perhaps not a wise decision for the Red Sox.
Michael Silverman reports on David Pauley, who will made his first visit to Yankee stadium yesterday and will make the second start of his big league career there tonight. Horrigan reports on Mike Timlin, who hopes to rejoin the Red Sox perhaps this weekend and strengthen up the bullpen a little. Steve Buckley has a look at Jermaine Van Buren, who also had a rough outing last night, giving up five runs in just an inning and a third.
Dom Amore says the Yankees are doing things a bit differently than they have in the past, but with just as much success.Nick Cafardo looks at the Yankees second string players coming up big as of late, not just last night. Massarotti looks at Joe Torre and the Yankees passing their injury tests with flying colors. Silverman has a report on Mike Mussina, who stayed patient and got the job done for the Yankees last night. Krasner looks at Derek Jeter missing the game with a right thumb injury. Amore’s notebook has more on Jeter’s thumb.
Get the New York perspective on the game over on the New York Sports Pages.
Snow’s notebook has David Pauley getting ready for his second major league start, tonight in New York. Horrigan’s notebook has the Red Sox being coy about Jon Lester’s status for Saturday, and also has Jerry Remy crawling out of his sick bed to report to work last night. Krasner’s notebook has Pauley playing tourist last night in Yankee Stadium. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Pauley getting ready for tonight. Borges’ notebook also notes that all signs point to Jon Lester getting the start on Saturday, but with no official confirmation. Ballou’s notebook has Pauley taking a history lesson in Monument Park.
The Patriots yesterday traded underachieving potential for underachieving potential as they swapped wide receiver/kick returner Bethel Johnson to the Saints for defensive lineman Jonathan Sullivan. Albert Breer compares it to swapping trash bags and hoping there is treasure inside the other one. Jerome Solomon and Mike Reiss have Johnson reflecting on his time in New England and excited about the possibilities with New Orleans. Michael Felger, who broke the news of the trade yesterday, has analysis on it today. Tom E Curran says it is a matter of two teams swapping headaches. Michael Parente also has a report on the transaction, which is still pending league approval.
John Molori’s Media Blitz has a look at Ted Sarandis’ run for the Governor’s Council.
NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00.