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.
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.
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.
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.