Wednesday Wrap

A few mid-week afternoon links:

Dan Kennedy weighs in on Dan Shaughnessy’s column this morning.

Boston Radio Watch reports that WWZN is changing owners and format.

Patrick Sullivan has a profile of pitcher Jack McGeary from The Roxbury Latin School, who might be the best high school pitching prospect to ever come out of Massachusetts.

I missed this link this morning, Joe Fitzgerald weighs in on Marquise Hill and compares his death to that of Steve Moore.

The New York Times lays out plans for a new professional football league.

JoeSportsFan has another edition of The Media Circus, with Bob Ryan and Bill Simmons getting mentioned.

Bill Simmons had a chat on ESPN.com yesterday.

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Tonight

7:00pm, NESN – Indians @ Red Sox
8:00pm, Versus – Senators @ Ducks
9:00pm, ESPN – Jazz @ Spurs

Sox, Beckett Roll On

Josh Beckett didn’t miss a beat in his return to the rotation after missing two starts. The righthander improved to 8-0 on the season with a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians last night at Fenway Park. Kevin Youkilis extended his hitting streak to 21 games and 9 multi-hit games in a row.

Gordon Edes has a look at Beckett and Youkilis leading the Red Sox to victory. Michael Silverman has a look at Beckett’s strong return to the rotation. Paul Kenyon has Beckett not missing a beat in his return. Paul Doyle says it was like Beckett never left. Garry Brown has Beckett putting his finger on this win. Rich Garven has more on Beckett picking up his eighth win of the season.

Steve Buckley says that things are going so well for the Red Sox that Beckett didn’t look like a guy who had missed his last two starts. Dan Shaughnessy says everything the Red Sox touch is turning to gold these days. Lenny Megliola says that it is kind of scary how well things are going for the Red Sox at the moment. Alex Speier looks at the success of both Beckett and Dustin Pedroia as of late.

Steven Krasner says that the hits just keep coming for Kevin Youkilis. Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell extending his Fenway hitting streak to 21 games. Buckley also has a look at how Terry Francona and John Farrell are working well together. Alan Siegel has Coco Crisp’s former teammates with the Indians still expecting big things from him. Mike Fine says (Trot) Nixon is still the one.

Christopher L. Gasper notes that Schilling and Beckett were too much for the Indians in the first two games of this series. Bradford has Curt Schilling re-discovering his splitter with the help of Farrell having him move his hand three inches over in the grip. Silverman has Daisuke Matsuzaka offering possible solutions for his sickness in Texas. Buckley has more Sox bat boy Andrew Crosby coming back to Fenway as a police officer. Silverman has the Yankees deciding not to use Roger Clemens this weekend at Fenway Park.

Silverman’s notebookhas David Ortiz ready to return tonight after missing the last three games to rest his hamstrings. Edes’ notebook looks at Roger Clemens getting skipped this weekend at Fenway. The Projo notebook has Youkilis taking his hitting streak in stride. Doyle’s notebook has Big Papi returning to the lineup tonight. Brown’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia’s batting average just rising and rising. Garven’s notebook has more on Ortiz returning tonight.

Maureen Mullen has Jon Lester looking good in his 5th rehab start for Pawtucket. Joe McDonald has more on Lester’s outing.

Kevin Paul Dupont has a story on Ted Williams’ body which is still stored in a state of cryostasis in Scottdale Arizona, along with his son, John Henry Williams. There is also a little sidebar explaining the revival of the fittest.

Patriots
John Tomase has Marquise Hill’s fiancee Inell Benn talking about the Patriots defensive lineman who lost his life over the weekend. Tomase also has Sherry Hill, Marquise’s mother and other family members talking about him. Karen Guregian has Jarvis Green, who had known Hill since the latter was in the 10th grade, talking about the loss of his friend. Laurel J. Sweet has Hill’s high school principal remembering him as a “champion human being.”

Mike Reiss has Hill’s death being ruled an accidental drowning, with no signs of drugs or alcohol in his system. Dan Pires recalls one of his few encounters with Hill in the Patriots locker room. Eric McHugh also remembers a time with Hill and laments that Hill will never get his chance to crack the Patriots lineup,

Details Magazine has a feature on Tom Brady.

Steve Bulpett has Danny Ainge open to trade offers. Jessica Camerato checks in with Jared Dudley at a pre-draft camp.

WEEI well behind WFAN

You hear the endless promos on WEEI about being the top sports radio station in the country. They brag about having higher ratings than WFAN in New York (Which is a ridiculous statement, given the fact that many more people listen to WFAN, but the population of New York is so much greater than Boston so their ratings are lower.)

Anyhow, The Houston Chronicle TV/Radio Notebook has an item comparing the revenue that some of the top stations in the country bring in. WFAN is well ahead of WEEI in that department:

Arbitron ratings are nice, but bucks are the bottom line. By that measurement, to no one’s surprise, the nation’s top sports radio station in 2006, based on revenues, was WFAN in New York City at $50.6 million, according to BIA Financial Network.

WEEI in Boston was No. 2 at $36.5 million, followed by KNBR in San Francisco at $29.7 million and KTCK in Dallas-Fort Worth at $24.7 million. Stations in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Miami, Chicago and Philadelphia rounded out the top 10.