Sox Head West

David Scott in Scott’s Shots looks at the NESN blackouts of pre and post game shows in markets outside of Boston, an issue that has resulted in a number of emails to this address this week and has generated a huge amount of discussion among out of town fans.

The Red Sox made it four wins in a row yesterday afternoon with their 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park. Curt Schilling, though not having his best game, pitched well enough for his 12th victory on the season. Mike Timlin worked the ninth for his second save of the season.

Fluto Shinzawa looks at the Red Sox offense coming through after the pitching carried the club through their last two wins. Michael Silverman looks at the Red Sox finishing up their homestand with a flourish before heading to the West coast. Paul Kenyon notes that Schilling was just good enough to get the job done for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg looks at the Red Sox squeezing out enough positives to get the win at Fenway. Lenny Megliola reports on a makeshift Red Sox lineup getting the job done yesterday. Garry Brown says this one was a grinder of a ballgame, one that defines team effort. David Borges looks at the Sox heading West on a winning note. Bill Ballou compares Fenway Park to the Statue of Liberty in his game story.

Tony Massarotti says that Mark Loretta deserves a pass for his mistakes yesterday because they were a fluke. Kelsie Smith has more on Loretta, who had three hits, but also had a very rough day on the basepaths, getting thrown out at home after not sliding, and later getting picked off second. Steven Krasner looks at Loretta keeping his focus at the plate despite the blunders on the basepaths.

Alex Speier has a look at the Red Sox 1-2 punch of Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett and how the duo is pushing each other as they sit tied atop the league in wins. Jon Couture says that the Red Sox are going to have to keep scratching their way to wins. Julian Benbow talks to Manny Delcarmen about what Mike Timlin has meant to him, and the rest of the bullpen with all of his experience and savvy. Massarotti has more on Delcarmen, who now has the ability to shake off Jason Varitek according to how his curveball feels in his hand. Krasner and Joe McDonald have a report on Tim Wakefield and his injury status.

Steve Buckley analyzes and dissects the burning issue of uniform numbers. The Red Sox rookie pitchers are wearing some very high uniform numbers. Will they change them if they get a chance? What is involved in changing a uniform number? Are there any great stories in baseball involving uniform numbers? Get answers to all these important questions and more in Buckley’s mini-series. In Part II, he looks at the most popular selling jerseys in the Red Sox team store. Buckley examines other urgent baseball matters such as Doug Mientkiewicz and Keith Foulke whining about returning historic items to the Red Sox while nine-year-old boys will gladly give the ball from Curt Schilling’s 200th victory back to him. That Buckley is really on top of things. (Goldberg also has a look at nine-year-old Danny Russell, who returned the ball to Schilling.)

Shinzawa’s notebook reports on Tim Wakefield’s trip to the disable list, where the knuckleballer should remain for up to a month to allow his cracked rib to heal. Silverman’s notebook has more on Wakefield. The Projo notebook looks at Delcarmen growing into his role as a reliable arm out of the pen for the Sox. Goldberg’s notebook reports on Wakefield and on David Ortiz getting his first day off of the season. Borges’ notebook has more on Wakefield heading to the DL for only the second time in his 14 year MLB career. Ballou’s notebook also reports on Wakefield and his replacement in the rotation. Couture’s notebook has more on Wakefield, looks at what Doug Mirabelli will do while Wakefield is out, and notes the lineup changes yesterday.

Rich Thompson looks at The Minors, focusing on Dustin Pedroia’s play at Pawtucket. Nick Cafardo’s Minor League Notebook looks at Kason Gabbard, who is lined up to get the start tomorrow for the Red Sox in Seattle against the Mariners. Kevin Gray looks at Yankees top prospect Phillip Hughes, who will take the mound tomorrow afternoon in Manchester against the Fisher Cats.

Susan Bickelhaupt has a look at Hazel Mae, who received a contract extension from NESN earlier this week. Bill Doyle looks at NESN’s “What if” production from last night.

Jim Donaldson says watching the Red Sox makes him worry about Tom Brady and the Patriots. Michael Parente notes that the Patriots biggest concern this coming season…and every season…is keeping Tom Brady healthy, especially with no experienced backup in the fold at the moment. The Herald is a year behind in their training camp report, though it does make an interesting thumbnail look at how quickly things can change in a year. (Note: the link has since been removed.)

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has a feature on new Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli settling into his job of rebuilding the Bruins into a champion.

Steve Bulpett says that the buzz surrounding the Celtics’ pursuit of Allen Iverson has calmed somewhat, and examines the veterans around the league that have been linked to the Celtics in trade rumors.

Jim McCabe looks at Tiger Woods playing his way onto a crowded leaderboard at the British Open. Bob Ryan looks at the greatness that has eluded Sergio Garcia thus far in his career.