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.