The Red Sox were rained out last night, and will play two games today, starting with a 12:35pm first game this afternoon.
Bob Ryan says that with a little adversity facing them now, it’s time to see what this Red Sox club is made of. Tony Massarotti says that this Red Sox team has not been tested yet, and once they are, we’ll know a lot more about how far they can go. Alex Speier notes that today’s doubleheader will be the first real test of the Red Sox depth.
Rich Thompson has a look at Pawtucket center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has emerged as the class of the Red Sox farm system, on a fast track to the majors. Nick Cafardo looks at how the Red Sox have managed to be able to give Jonathan Papelbon plenty of rest and time off thus far, hoping that he’ll be strong and fresh for August and September. Steven Krasner has more on Papelbon getting plenty of rest in the early going, to the point where he doesn’t feel he earned his paycheck this month so far. Jeff Horrigan and Rob Bradford report that Josh Beckett will be scratched for tomorrow night’s start, though the Sox hope their ace can heal quickly enough to avoid the DL.
Amalie Benjamin has Jon Lester getting the go-ahead to get back on the mound and continue his rehab with Pawtucket, where he is scheduled to pitch on Saturday. Carolyn Thornton has the Red Sox proceeding cautiously with Lester. Bill Ballou has more on Lester getting the go ahead to re-start his rehab with the PawSox. Speier also takes a look at the young lefty getting closer to a return to Fenway.
Michael Silverman has Julian Tavarez saying that he doesn’t mind the scheduling quirks that come with being the fifth starter, he’s just happy to be here. Jeff Goldberg has Tavarez unaware of who Ernie Banks is, but agreeing with his sentiment of “Let’s play two” today. Joe Haggerty has Tavarez willing to take the ball whenever he might asked to pitch for his team. Speier has more on Tavarez channeling Banks with his enthusiasm to get to the ball park today. Jeff Horrigan says that last night’s rainout could actually be of benefit to the Red Sox. Silverman notes that J.D. Drew was not in the lineup last night, was available to pinch hit, though Terry Francona hoped to avoid using him in that role as well.
In the Projo, Elizabeth Rau recounts her tale of her family taking her to Fenway Park for Mother’s day, only to end up leaving early because the game appeared lost. Kevin Gray has a look at “Oil Can” Boyd on a mission with his barnstorming tour. Mike Petraglia has a look at Sox-killer Magglio Ordonez, who feeds off the crowds to fuel his success against the Red Sox.
Benjamin’s notebook has more on Beckett being scratched for tomorrow, and says Kason Gabbard seems the likely candidate to start the game tomorrow. Horrigan’s notebook has more on Lester getting set to resume his rehab at Pawtucket. Thornton’s notebook has more on Drew’s injury. Ballou’s notebook has Gabbard likely to get the call to replace Beckett as tomorrow night’s starter.
Douglas Flynn has the Bruins picking up 20-year-old defensive prospect Adam McQuaid in a trade with Columbus for a fifth round pick.
Christopher Price has former Boston College defensive back Larry Anam hoping for a shot to stick with the Patriots, and looking forward for the change to work on special teams to prove himself. Stan Grossfeld has a look at the New England Surge of the Continental Indoor Football League, who feature Steve Grogan’s son as a wide receiver, and going through ups and downs in their first season.
Bill Doyle has Worcester Sharks announcer Jamie Smock hoping for a shot at an NHL job.