After dominating the Mets in the first two games of this series, the Red Sox found themselves in a much tighter game last night. No problem. After a textbook example of manufacturing a run in the seventh, Coco Crisp saved a run with a spectacular catch in the outfield and David Ortiz added an insurance run with his 23rd homer of the season in the eighth inning. This gave the Red Sox a 4-2 victory and their 12th in row overall. It also moved Curt Schilling to 10-2 on the season.
How good of a game was it last night? Michael Silverman calls it one of the “most picture-perfect baseball games any team could wish to play.” Gordon Edes focuses on Coco Crisp’s late inning heroics on the basepaths and the field, which should make some start to forget that guy who he replaced in centerfield. Steven Krasner also focuses on Crisp, who took a star turn with his play in the late innings last night. Jeff Goldberg has more on a memorable night at Fenway park for all. Brendan McGair looks at the Red Sox doing all the little things needed to win. Bill Ballou says that the Red Sox should go ahead and start printing their playoff tickets now.
Dan Shaughnessy’s entry is short and sweet today, but then again, there’s really nothing to complain about around Fenway these days is there? Lenny Megliola looks at Crisp and the Red Sox catching magic. Garry Brown says that good teams find ways to win and that is what the Red Sox did last night. Rob Bradford breaks down the Red Sox 12 game winning streak.
John Connolly has Tom Glavine hoping he gets another chance to pitch at Fenway Park before his career comes to an end. Check out the coverage of the night from the enemy perspective on the New York Sports Pages.
Amalie Benjamin looks at the record setting infield defense of the Red Sox, which should give sinkerball pitcher Jason Johnson some piece of mind as he prepares to make his first start for the team tonight in Florida. Tony Massarotti says we should start referring to them as the “Rd Sox” because they play in a world without E’s. Speaking of defense, Benjamin also devotes an entire article to Coco Crisp’s catch which was the best many can remember seeing around Fenway in…decades. Alex Speier looks at Manny’s catch as just the latest in a series of web gems for the Red Sox defense. Krasner looks at Manny dealing with a sore right knee.
With the Marlins on the schedule next, it means the Red Sox first look at Hanley Ramirez. Silverman says the Florida shortstop has no bitterness towards the Red Sox and is glad for the chance to play everyday in the majors. Connolly looks at the ex-Marlin’s on the Red Sox making their first trip back to Florida this weekend.
Edes’ notebook has the agent for Manny Ramirez declaring that his client is happy in Boston and that there will be no further trade demands coming from his camp. Goldberg’s notebook also looks at this story. Silverman’s notebook has Terry Francona hoping that Ramirez can skip the All Star game to rest his knee, which has been bothering the Red Sox slugger since May. Krasner’s notebook looks at Curt Schilling winning the pitching duel last night with Glavine. Brown’s notebook has more on Manny wishing to stay put in Boston. Ballou’s notebook has more on Manny’s sore knee. Bradford’s notebook has Pedro upset that the Red Sox fired Dr Bill Morgan after the 2004 season.
With the Red Sox top pitching prospects now on the major league roster, Chris Snow takes a look at the Top 10 minor league prospects for the Red Sox in his minor league notebook. Rich Thompson has a look at Pawtucket All Star reliever Craig Breslow.
Steve Bulpett remains at the forefront of the Allen Iverson trade rumors as he writes this morning that a trade for the Sixers superstar would put the Boston Celtics back on the NBA map. Jackie MacMullan however, disagrees. She urges the Celtics not to make any deals for Iverson, saying he is not The Answer to their problems. Tim Weisberg also takes a look at the Iverson scenario.
Shira Springer looks at the Celtics introducing Rajon Rondo, and then speculating on what is next for Danny Ainge this summer. Mark Murphy says that both Rondo and Sebastian Telfair impressed Ainge a long time ago, when he saw them both play in high school. An article in the Projo says that the Celtics could play two point guards at once often in the upcoming season. Scott Souza has Ainge praising his new guards. Kevin Henkin writes that the Celtics came up big on draft day. The Herald notebook says that the price has to be right for the Celtics in any trade they make this summer for a veteran.
Kevin Paul Dupont looks at new Bruins coach Dave Lewis, who is a big believer in “Show me” when it comes to play on the ice. Stephen Harris wonders if the ex-Red Wings coach can win without superstar players. Joe McDonald notes that there will be a lot of getting-to-know-you going on with Lewis and the Bruins in the coming weeks. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins hoping that Lewis can impart some Red Wings magic to their floundering franchise. Bud Barth says Mike Sullivan should be an easier act to follow than Scotty Bowman was for Lewis. Mick Colageo says Lewis will need to work to show the Bruins fans that he is for real as a coach. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says that common objectives help Peter Chiarelli make the decision to hire Lewis.
Check out a little roundtable discussion from the BSMW Power Play blog on the hiring of Lewis. Flynn says that Lewis has already put his new club on notice that things are going to be different. Harris’ notebook says that the Bruins have some money to spend and targets in mind for free agency, which opens tomorrow. Burrell has Andrew Raycroft looking forward to a fresh start in Toronto. Dupont’s notebook reports that at least two Bruins will be bought out, and that Hal Gill and Brian Leetch will not be offered new contracts by the team.
Check back later for the results of the Shaughnessy contest and a look ahead to the weekend.