Sox Split

The Red Sox had their hands full with the Rangers this weekend, splitting a four game series including a split of a doubleheader yesterday. That split was only possible thanks to a three-run walkoff homer from David Ortiz in the first game, which allowed the Red Sox to steal a 5-4 win. In the second game, David Pauley had a rough first two innings, giving up five runs, the bullpen also struggled, and the Rangers romped to a 13-6 win over the Sox.

It’s interesting looking over the newspaper coverage of yesterday’s doubleheader. The Globe, which wishes to be the paper of record when it comes to all things Red Sox, had two writers filing a total of four stories for the day, while the Herald had five writers submitting a total of 10 articles on the day.

Jeff Horrigan looks at Big Papi saving the day from being a complete downer for the Red Sox. Sean McAdam has more on the latest chapter in the walk-off career of Ortiz, who despite scuffling recently, was able to save the day once more for Boston. Nick Cafardo has the game stories from Fenway in the Globe. David Heuschkel also has coverage of the twin bill at Fenway, including Papi’s heroics and David Pauley’s struggles. David Borges and Phil O’Neill also have complete coverage from Fenway Park.

Josh Beckett was a little better yesterday than he was in his last start against the Yankees, but that’s not really saying a whole lot, is it? Amalie Benjamin has a look at the performance of Beckett in game one yesterday. Steven Krasner has Beckett working on mixing up his pitches a little more than he had been doing. Steve Buckley has Beckett acknowledging that his performance as of late has not been acceptable. Mark Murphy has more on Ortiz’s fifth regular season walkoff home run with the Red Sox.

Benjamin looks at another issue that has plagued the Sox recently, an inconsistent bullpen. They can be very good one game and awful the next. Yesterday’s doubleheader showcased that inconsistency perfectly. Keith Foulke had a pretty rough weekend, and has had to deal with a moronic mouthbreathing heckler behind the Red Sox dugout as of late. John Tomase reports on how Foulke is working on turning things around. Alex Speier examines the struggles of the Red Sox starters – a problem since the team decided this year that preventing runs was the way to win games.

John Tomase looks at David Pauley getting sent to AAA after the game. It’s easy to forget he’s never pitched at that level previously. Buckley has one of those articles that only he would write…it’s about Saturday’s starter, Jon Lester, who made his first trip to Fenway Park in 1994 and it happened to be the day of Alex Rodriguez’s major league debut. Now, 12 years later, Lester makes his MLB debut in the same park…

Rich Thompson has an update on Mike Timlin, who expects to the activated in time for tomorrow’s series with the Twins. Jeff Horrigan reports that Matt Clement, who was pushed back this weekend due to some arm soreness and fatigue, hopes to pitch this week against the Twins. Murphy also looks at Manny Delcarmen picking up his first major league victory thanks to Ortiz’s home run.

Horrigan’s notebook has Josh Beckett doing some tinkering with his mechanics in order to find the answer to his struggles. Cafardo’s notebook has Matt Clement set to go on Wednesday. Krasner’s notebook has Clement’s “dead arm” showing some signs of improvement. O’Neill’s notebook mentions back spasms as the problem that Clement is having. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on the struggles of Beckett, and no mention of his own mishandling of a foul ball in the press box – an event noted in Cafardo’s notebook above. Borges’ notebook has Beckett showing improvement, but still being very hittable for the Rangers.

While the Globe fell short in Red Sox coverage yesterday, they are the only local paper covering the NBA Finals…

Bob Ryan reports on the Miami Heat laying down for the Dallas Mavericks in game two of the NBA Finals last night. Ryan’s notebook looks at efforts by the league to guide the game away from the isolations and ugly set offenses to a more flowing game reminiscent of the past.

Kevin Paul Dupont looks at Ryan Smyth, who helped the Oilers take game three of the Stanley Cup Finals over the weekend. Mick Colageo looks at the lack of power in the finals. Dupont’s notebook has former Bruin Glen Wesley trying to rally his teammates.

Patriots stories from the weekend: Michael Felger has Eugene Wilson vowing to bounce back strong this year, and notes that he is already encouraged by what he’s seen from new defensive coordinator Dean Pees. Albert Breer talked to Ty Warren, who explained his role on the defense and in the locker room and also had praise for Pees. Jerome Solomon’s NFL notes had a mini camp preview. Try and count how many times Solomon references the media in this column, and how various members of the Patriots make it difficult for them. Unbelievable. Eric McHugh also had a mini-camp preview, and then talked with Michael Bishop from the Arena Bowl about his year with Tom Brady on the Patriots roster.

NESN has PawSox/Richmond Braves at 7:00. ESPN has White Sox/Rangers at 7:00. NBC has Hurricanes/Oilers at 8:00.

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