Sox Slide in Seattle

After taking the first game of the series in Seattle on Friday night, the Red Sox dropped the last games Saturday and Sunday, both being in rather tough fashion. Yesterday’s 9-8 loss was particularly frustrating as both starting and relief pitching struggled for the Sox. Mike Timlin gave up a walkoff shot to Richie Sexton in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners the win.

Gordon Edes notes that adventures in the outfield also caused problems for the Red Sox in the loss. Jeff Horrigan calls this one the season’s most deflating loss. Sean McAdam reports on the back and forth, up and down affair from Safeco Field. David Heuschkel writes his story around Manny’s adventures in the outfield.

Karen Guregian also focuses solely on Manny’s awful day in the outfield, even though he was not the only one who looked bad yesterday. Amalie Benjamin reports on a tough afternoon for the Red Sox bullpen as Manny Delcarmen and Mike Timlin were both roughed up a bit. Guregian also looks at Jon Lester not being able to pick up a win in front of his hometown crowd.

Horrigan’s notebook looks at Trot Nixon’s power outage, as the outfielder is hitting for average but no power in his contract year. Edes’ notebook says that despite his rough outing, yesterday was a happy homecoming for Jon Lester in front of his family and friends. McAdam’s notebook also looks at Lester’s disappointing homecoming and also reports that David Wells could be in line to get a start next Sunday for the Sox. Heuschkel’s notebook speculates that Kason Gabbard could’ve been being showcased for a possible trade with his start on Saturday.

Mike Reiss and John Tomase report on Ty Law agreeing to a five year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Joanna Weiss in the Globe reports on NBC’s huge investment and hype of Sunday Night Football. Michael Parente has a look at the men charged with protecting Tom Brady as he previews the offensive line heading into camp this Friday. Reiss previews the Outside Linebackers in his camp preview today. An article in the Eagle-Tribune (Hector Longo?) takes a look at Chad Jackson and whether the Patriots second round pick will be a star or another Florida flame out in the pros.

Jim McCabe reports on Tiger Woods winning his 11th Professional Major tournament with his victory yesterday in the 135th British Open. Jim Donaldson says that it is always fun watching greatness at work. Bob Ryan says that Woods was certainly A Man With A Plan and he carried out that plan to perfection this weekend. McCabe’s notebook looks at second place finisher Chris DiMarco, whose play this weekend was a highlight of an especially tough year.

Mick Colageo says that the Bruins need to step up and pay Patrice Bergeron.

CBS4 and Bob Lobel had a sitdown interview with Ted and Jackie Johnson last night where the couple discussed the domestic incident which ended with both of them being arrested last weekend. The CBS4 Website has the video of the interview if you missed it. Jackie Johnson says she takes almost total responsbility for the incident, which she says the police should never have been involved in. She says she did not know what was involved when she called the police. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the local media who came out so strongly against domestic violence in the Brett Myers case. (Very much deservedly so, I might add.) While this case is certainly different, with no independent witnesses available to provide testimony on what really happened, will the media gloss this over because they know Ted Johnson and believe him to be a stand-up guy, or will they come after this case with the same furor they did with Myers? I’m guessing judgment will be reserved as they note that the facts are not all available. This incident will likely do some damage to Johnson’s future marketability, but probably won’t tarnish his image beyond repair. The interview might do a lot towards repairing the perception of Ted Johnson in this incident, I thought they came off as sincere and regretful about the whole thing. (Though David Scott feels differently and makes some good points.)

Bob Hohler has part II of his Sneaker War series, here’s the link to yesterday’s piece if you missed Part One.

Highlights from the Weekend:

Ron Borges’ Football Notes lead off with Deion Branch’s contract situation and how the Patriots have “exploited” NFL rules over the years. If you need a counter to what Borges asserts here, check out Mike Florio on ProFootballTalk.com. Look for the section entitled “Upshaw Slams Pats”. He notes that the Patriots weren’t the first club to start signing rookies to maximum length deals, and that just because a club operates according to the rules doesn’t mean they’re guilty of “exploiting”. Albert Breer of the Metrowest Daily News examines some of the issues facing the Patriots as they begin training camp at the end of this week. Tom E Curran lists out 10 things the Patriots will want to clear up before the end of camp. Ian Clark also had a look at questions facing the Patriots heading into camp. Jennifer Toland says that the status of Deion Branch is going to be the biggest story going into camp for the Patriots. Dan Pires also examines the issues that the Patriots will have to deal with before the season. Chris Kennedy lists out seven points that the Patriots have seven weeks to answer. Parente had a preview of the wide receivers on Sunday.

Steve Bulpett in his NBA Notes has more from Paul Pierce on his new contract with the Celtics. In Courtside View, Scott Souza asserts that the Pierce deal was a no-brainer. Peter May in his Pro Basketball Notes said that Kendrick Perkins should be next in line for a contract extension from the Celtics. In his very first sentence, May essentially refutes the Globe’s “Clarification” of his own column from last week which stated that the option years of NBA contracts are rarely exercised by players.

Art Davidson had a look at Red Sox centerfield prospect Jacoby Ellsbury, who has gotten off to a great start since being promoted to AA Portland. In Nick Cafardo’s Baseball Notes, he speculated that teams might be interested in trading for Wily Mo Pena. Tony Massarotti had an interesting edition of Covering All Bases, where he reports that Terry Francona basically put into motion the series of events that led Josh Beckett to a three year extension with the Red Sox.

Stephen Harris’ NHL Notes updates us on the ongoing saga of Bruins top pick Phil Kessel and whether he will return to college or join the Bruins. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looked at the chaos that is the New York Islanders in her Pro Hockey Notes. Douglas Flynn’s On Hockey has a look at Natick native Dan LaCouture, who would like to return to the Bruins.

NESN has Red Sox/A’s at 10:00. ESPN has Yankees/Rangers at 7:00.

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