Sox Back On Track

The Red Sox were able to get back on the winning track last night in Baltimore, as Curt Schilling was solid, going seven innings and just giving up a single run in the 6-1 Boston win.

Gordon Edes’ game story mostly revolves around comments made by Orioles announcer Gary Thorne (a Bangor, ME native) who claimed on the broadcast that Doug Mirabelli had told him a couple of years ago that the bloody sock incident from the 2004 ALCS was fake and that Schilling had used paint on his sock. Based on the reaction within the story from Red Sox players and management, this bears watching, and Thorne will likely find himself at the center of attention today.

Michael Silverman looks at a bloop hit from David Ortiz proving to be the difference in this one. Steve Krasner has David Ortiz once again coming through in the clutch for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg has Schilling stepping in to stop the Red Sox two game losing streak. Bill Ballou has the Orioles as the perfect remedy for the Red Sox.

Steve Buckley notes that no one is talking about Curt Schilling’s weight these days. Amalie Benjamin looks at David Ortiz getting the best of Jamie Walker once again. Rob Bradford looks back at the Kevin Millar/Japan saga and how that impacted the Red Sox reputation in that country. Lenny Megliola must’ve been listening to Butch Stearns on the Big Show the other day, as he leaps onto his premise that Barry Bonds could break the MLB Home Run record in Fenway in June.

Dan Hickling has Jon Lester’s AAA start scheduled for yesterday pushed back because of rain. Silverman has a brief box stating that Coco Crisp may be headed to DL. The photo with the article has a caption that says: “Coco Crisp may be headed to the DL for the rest of the season.” – which is not what he article says at all. Bradford has Alex Cora feeling like more of a slugger this season thanks to the Red Sox hitting coach. Buckley has Julian Tavarez revealing what he was saying to Daisuke Matsuzaka in the dugout in those clips that were shown last weekend on TV.

Bradford also notes the unusual friendship struck up by Dustin Pedroia and Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn. Mike McMahon of the blog Hub Sports has Pedroia telling WEEI that he’ll be fine, it always takes him a little while to adjust to a new level, and he is confident that he will hit .300 in the big leagues. Buckley says that complimentary tickets are the reason that the Toronto game the other night had the highest attendence of any Red Sox game since World War II.

Edes’s notebook has a look at Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, whose ability to speak both English and Spanish is a big plus among the Red Sox players. Silverman’s notebook has Julio Lugo not pleased with the attitude shown by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez last night. Krasner’s notebook has more on Crisp possibly heading the DL for a stint. Goldberg’s notebook has Terry Francona saving Lugo by coming out to talk to him and umpire after their disagreement. Ballou’s notebook has more on Crisp’s possible trip to the DL.

Patriots

Over on Patriots Game Day this morning, we’ve got the final edition of the Mock Draft Masher, which takes the results from the top mock drafts and mashes up a consensus draft rating for the prospects that are most likely to be selected on the first day of the draft.

Mike Reiss looks at the state of the Patriots, with Scott Pioli entrusted with ensuring the long term health of the franchise. John Tomasesays not to look for any clues in which players the Patriots bring to Gillette for pre-draft workouts. History has shown that they’re just as likely to grab a player they hadn’t publicly shown much interest in previously. Bill Doyle has Mel Kiper Jr liking the way that the Patriots go about their business in the draft. Christopher Price comes up with five guidelines we can use in figuring out which way the Patriots will go in the draft.

Reiss profiles Miami linebacker Jon Beason, projected to be one of the top linebackers in the draft. Kevin McNamara has a look at Brown linebacker Zak DeOssie. Guregian also looks at the influence of Dr. Robert Troutwine on the Patriots’ drafting. John Altavilla notes that character is becoming a more and more important quality in the draft.

Reiss also looks at the other linebackers available in the draft. Karen Guregian has a look at the ofensive linemen in the draft. Shalise Manza Young goes through the defensive line prospects. David Brown goes through the inside lineackers and Mark Farinella peeks at the running backs.

Celtics/Misc

Bob Ryan says that Sabastian Telfair never really belonged here with the Celtics. Mark Murphy has Tony Allen vowing to be more careful in the future following his acquittal. Murphy also puts together a good growth chart looking at the progress that the young Celtics still need to make.

Ron Chimelis has Dr J reflecting on his time at UMass.

Bruce A. Mohl has a look at Ticketmaster filing a lawsuit against resellers that they say are using sophisticated software to buy bulk tickets from them to resell at a profit.

Callahan Resting His Pipes

Gerry Callahan announced in the crossover to Dale & Holley yesterday morning that he’s been ordered by his doctor to take a few weeks off to completely rest his voice.

Anyone who has heard Callahan over the last few weeks knows that this is a wise move. Callahan was painful to listen for a few months now, and it had nothing to do with the content of what he was saying.

It is a little curious that the whole thing has been underplayed by WEEI…a collection of guys who don’t underplay ANYTHING. It was so underplayed that I wasn’t even aware that Gerry was out for that length of time. An emailer wanted to know why I hadn’t said anything about it, so I went and reviewed the show from yesterday and found the comments from Callahan in the crossover. Then this morning coming out of the 6:30 break, John Dennis mentioned casually that Callahan would be out for a couple weeks to rest his voice.

Callahan’s voice is clearly in bad shape, but the way the station hasn’t mentioned anything about it makes you wonder if there is something else going on here. The rumors have been flying around about D&C possibly shopping themselves around as their contract winds down, and it makes sense for Callahan to want to make sure his voice is OK for any new employer.

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I first noticed this a few weeks ago, but this post on the Red Sox Chick blog reminded me that I hadn’t mentioned it here yet.

For weeks now, (and perhaps longer) the Herald hasn’t been able to spell Jeff Horrigan’s name correctly. In the byline for many of his stories, it has been appearing as “Jeff Horrgan.”

Does the Herald have a hot-button that is set up incorrectly, or are they just continually messing this spelling up?

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Last night, Rob Bradford posted a final post on the old Bradford on Baseball blog. In the post, he thanked people at the Eagle-Tribune and directed people to his new Boston Herald powered blog, The Bradford Files.

This morning, the post is gone. Even though they can’t really keep the blog going without Bradford, the Eagle-Tribune apparently doesn’t want a link on it pointing to their former employee at the Herald, either. It is understandable on some levels, but rather petty on others. It makes it look like Bradford left without thanking the readers or his former employers at the ET.

Apparently, the ET has also shut off comments on the blog after some readers were posting the link to Bradford’s new blog.

Maybe Bill Burt’s absence on the Big Show yesterday (with Bradford on) wasn’t just a coincidence…

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ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecast (April 22) featuring the New York Yankees at the Boston Red Sox averaged 3,952,000 household impressions and 5,483,000 viewers (people 2-plus), becoming the most-viewed Sunday Night Baseball telecast ever (ranking ahead of Yankees/Red Sox, July 25, 2004 – 3,862,000 households and 5,258,000 viewers).

The game was the most-viewed regular-season Major League Baseball telecast since Cardinals/Cubs – when Mark McGwire hit his 61st home run – September 7, 1998 (7,104,000 households). Additionally, the telecast ranked fifth in households and viewers among regular-season telecasts since ESPN began airing Major League Baseball games in 1990 (1,544 telecasts).

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For those of you wanting to do some more in-depth scouting for this weekend’s NFL draft: In you have Comcast On Demand, there are profiles of more than 50 leading draft prospects featured. These profiles incorporate footage of the NFL Combine as well as Senior Bowl clips and collegiate highlights, and are available in the NFL Network section of the Sports & Fitness On Demand category.

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Monday night I was a guest on the Lowell Sun Sports Talk Live program. The show airs each Monday night and is an hour long. I was on for the entire hour, and hosts Teddy Panos and Barry Scanlon and I discussed sports media, past, present and future.

You can check out this week’s show on the Sports Talk Live web page, the link to the audio is in the upper left hand corner of the page.

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I don’t think we’re going to read about this in the Globe.

Bill Simmons says that the De La Hoya-Mayweather fight will be the last Big Fight, period.

Tom Casale has another edition of the Ask PFW mailbag.

Patriots Football Weekly also has an Official Blog with focus this week on the draft.

Eric McHugh has a look at where the Patriots stand defensively and whom they might target in the draft.

Mike Reiss lists out the top draft day deals for the Patriots.

Gary Fitz has the media looking to stir some things up prior to last night’s Red Sox game.

Sarah Green isn’t ready for another round of Red Sox/Yankees, but it’s coming this weekend regardless.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Red Sox @ Orioles
7:00pm, TNT – Nuggets @ Spurs
7:00pm, Versus – Rangers @ Sabres
8:00pm, ESPN – Tigers @ White Sox
9:30pm, TNT – Warriors @ Mavericks
10:00pm, Versus – Canucks @ Ducks

Sox Throw It Away

If Monday night was a letdown/hangover game, then what was last night? The Red Sox committed four errors as they were routed by the Blue Jays 10-3 at Fenway Park.

Nick Cafardo answers my question: awful. Jeff Horrigan notes that the largest crowd since World War II was on hand to see the Red Sox humiliate themselves last night. Tom Yantz notes that the three game sweep of the Yankees seems like a long time ago indeed. Ron Chimelis has the Sox dropping the ball at Fenway last night. Phil O’Neill says that last night was the real letdown for the Red Sox and the fans. Joe Haggerty has the Jays taking full advantage of the poor pitching and sloppy fielding of the Red Sox.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at four errors doing in the Red Sox last night. Stephen Harris looks at the struggles of starter Julian Tavarez in the loss. Joe McDonald says that putting Tavarez back in the bullpen and bringing Jon Lester to the starting rotation might be the best thing for the Red Sox. Paul Kenyon looks at how the season is off to an odd start for Mike Lowell – he’s been hot at the plate and shaky in the field.

Steve Bulpett has Frank Thomas talking about pacing himself over the course of the long season, as he wants to have an impact on the AL East race. Harris has New England native John McDonald talking about how special it is to come back and play at Fenway. Kevin Grayhas former NH Fisher Cat Aaron Hill now reaching his peak with the Blue Jays.

Bulpett notes that fans who wanted Wily Mo Pena in center over Coco Crisp are now booing him for his play.

Cafardo’s notebook says that Jon Lester could be waiting in the wings should Tavarez struggle in his next couple of starts. He also has Terry Francona talking about his ongoing battle with chewing tobacco. Horrigan’s notebook has Lyle Overbay saying he wasn’t trying to take out Alex Cora with his hands-up slide last week in Toronto. The Projo notebook has some mock cheers going up for Pena after a routine catch later in the game. Yantz’s notebook has Lester waiting in the wings. Chimelis’ notebook has some questions over Daisuke Matsuzaka tipping his cap to ARod after hitting him over the weekend. O’Neill’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis and Coco Crisp getting another night off to rest their aches.

Celtics

Shira Springer and Mark Murphy look at Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck parting ways with Sebastian Telfair and have the player’s agent responding to the way that the owner handled the situation.

Peter May reports that charges against Tony Allen dating back to a 2005 incident have finally been dropped, but Murphy says that Allen could now face a civil suit from the alleged victims of the brawl and threats.

Mike Petraglia looks at the status of the coaching staff going into the offseason, and over at Nothing But Net on FSN there is the second part of three part series breaking down the roster.

Patriots

On BSMW Game Day, we’ve got the final version of rumor inventory chart. What it is essentially is a listing of all college players that we’ve seen connected to the Patriots in some way, either through a combine interview, or a campus visit or being brought to Gillette for a personal workout and visit.

Mark Farinella notes how the NFL draft has become a spectator event, and looks back at the first time the Patriots did the draft up big, in 1998.

Mike Reiss looks at the top quarterbacks in the draft, focusing mainly on the top two players, LSU’s JaMarcus Russell and Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn. Christopher L. Gasper has a look at Division II QB prospect Toby Korrodi, who has opened eyes with his arm. David Brown goes over some offensive linemen the Patriots could be interested in. Karen Guregian looks at the defensive backs in the draft, noting that this is an area the club may focus their attention on. Shalise Manza Young looks at running backs, while Farinella looks at the tight ends.

Misc

Bob Ryan remembers David Halberstam. Christopher Price notes that Halberstam loved New England sports.

David Scott has more details on Rob Bradford’s blogging future.

Steve Conroy has young defensemen Mark Stuart and Matt Lashoff feeling ready to step in and help the Bruins defense.