Manny, Trot Bash A’s

The Red Sox made it two in a row over the Oakland A’s as they thumped Ken Macha’s club 13-5 last night, giving Curt Schilling his 13th win, which ties him with Josh Beckett for the league lead. Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon homered in the win for the Sox.

Sean McAdam looks at the Red Sox making an all out assault on Oakland pitching last night. David Heuschkel reports on Manny and Trot Nixon leading the attack. Jeff Horrigan looks at Manny once again coming up big for the Red Sox in the win, and notes the huge difference between Manny of now and Manny of last year’s trade deadline. Gordon Edes reports on the Sox pounding out a season high 18 hits in support of Schilling.

Gerry Callahan says that the A-Rod near-deal of the winter of 2003 is the greatest non-trade in Red Sox history. Callahan notes how Manny handles the pressure of playing in Boston just fine, has more home runs and RBI than A-Rod since the non-trade and Jon Lester is 5-0. All this while A-Rod is getting booed nightly in New York.

Karen Guregian has the Sox hoping that David Wells is able to be the trading deadline pitching pickup they need to plug into their rotation. Amalie Benjamin has Trot Nixon hoping that his home run last night will provide a spark to his power hitting. The right fielder feels he needs to be a little more angry in the batter’s box. Garry Brown says that if history is any indicator, we can expect that Theo Epstein will make some sort of deal before the trading deadline on Monday. Jon Couture says that the Red Sox need more than simply pitching in the trade market. He also looks at what the other contending clubs’ needs are.

Guregian also talks to Wily Mo Pena, who really hopes to stay in Boston and get the chance to show the fans what he can do. Benjamin has Mike Timlin teaching visualization to the young Red Sox pitchers, something he learned from Jamie Moyer. Guregian also reports on Curt Schilling joining Beckett in the 13 win club.

Check out the coverage of the game from the Oakland/San Francisco area on the Bay Area Sports Pages.

Horrigan’s notebook reports on Wells getting very close to being activated and put into the rotation. Edes’s notebook has more on Wells, who appears to be headed for the rotation as soon as next week. McAdam’s notebook looks at how Manny Delcarmen has been a godsend for the Red Sox bullpen. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on Wells closing in on a return.

Steve Bailey reports on Aramark Corp fingerprinting every employee who works at Fenway Park.

Chad Finn examines a number of topics in the headlines as of late.

Ron Borges reports that Deion Branch will not report to Patriots training camp on Friday and will be a hold out, despite the $14,000-per-day fine. Alan Greenberg says that things will be a lot different for the Patriots this training camp, with no championship to defend, no winning streak to extend and having to deal with the loss of several key players. John Tomase takes a position-by-position look at the defense. Mike Reiss takes a look at the cornerback position for the Patriots. Michael Parente says that Monty Beisel needs to take a giant step forward in his second year with the Patriots. Eric McHugh steps up with 10 questions and answers about the NFC heading into training camps.

Stephen Harris and Nancy Marrapese-Burrell report on Peter Chiarelli starting to fill out the front office and coaching staff of his new administration. Kirk Luedeke of the New England Hockey Journal reports that the Bruins have come to terms on a new one year contract for defenseman Milan Jurcina.

Mike Fine hopes that the Celtics do not trade for Allen Iverson. CelticsBlog.com examines a report that the Celtics have given a two-year deal to former West Virginia big man Kevin Pittsnogle. Peter May reports on the US national team wrapping up their first week of practice yesterday.

Check out the New York Sports Pages to keep up with the Yankees and more coverage on Harold Reynolds’ dismissal from ESPN.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 3:30. ESPN has Yankees/Rangers at 8:00.

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