There were a few questions raised in yesterday’s papers about how this edition of the Red Sox would handle a little adversity. If yesterday is any indication, they might have things under control, as they swept a day-night doubleheader from the Detroit Tigers by the scores of 2-1 and 4-2.
Michael Silverman has the Red Sox relying on the end of their rotation in the first win and the end of their bench in the second. Gordon Edes looks at the Red Sox hitting the quarter mark of the season and threatening to run away with the division. Jeff Goldberg has the fifth start and fifth outfielder adding up to a nearly 10 game lead in the division. Garry Brown reports on a day-night delight at Fenway Park. Bill Ballou has the Red Sox getting contributions from unlikely sources.
Jackie MacMullan has a piece on reliever Hideki Okajima, who pitched in both games yesterday, picking up the save in the second game, and who continues to be untouchable. Alex Speier also has a piece on Okajima. Tony Massarotti has a nice look at how the supporting cast of this Red Sox team has delivered thus far, and that they will need to continue to do so. Jeff Jacobs says it cannot possibly be this easy all season for the Red Sox.
Steven Krasner has a look at Eric Hinske having a huge role in the second game. Rob Bradford has more on Hinske, who was the hero of the second game, with an outstanding catch and a two run homer. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell provides a look at Julian Tavarez’s impressive outing in the first game. Steve Krasner‘s game notes has the wind both helping and hurting Curt Schilling last night. Joe Haggerty has hitting coach Dave Magaden fixing a head tilt that Dustin Pedroia had developed at the plate, and the results are good thus far.
Massarotti has a look at the bullpen’s performance, with the focus on yesterday, but noting that they’ve been outstanding all season long. Dan Lamothe offers some doubleheader observations and video of Jerry Remy’s air guitar performance. Eric McHugh remembers that Johnny Pesky was once a Tiger. Mike Petraglia has the Sox getting ready for a brief taste of interleague play with the Braves in town tonight.
Bradford has baseball commissioner Bud Selig stopping by Fenway, but not wanting to reveal his plans for when Barry Bonds breaks the home run record. MacMullan has Selig evasive on Bonds when the subject was raised. Carolyn Thornton has more from Selig. Speier has Selig among those talking about interleague play with the Braves coming in.
Jeff Horrigan has a look at the minors, and notes that the Red Sox not having a first round pick this year doesn’t seem to be a big deal. Amalie Benjamin also has a minor league notebook, and she looks at the pitchers who will be getting a shot with the Red Sox over the next few days.
Silverman’s notebook has Josh Beckett heading to the 15 day DL and missing two starts to give his finger time to heal. Edes’ notebook has more on Beckett, and Devern Hansack getting the call for tonight’s game. The Projo notebook has more on Hansack getting the call. Goldberg’s notebook also reports on Hansack preparing to face the Braves tonight. Ballou“>Ballou’s notebook touches on Hansack, Okajima, Selig and Bonds.
John Tomase runs through what appears to be a well-stocked roster for the Patriots. Mike Reiss has Benjamin Watson looking forward to playing with Randy Moss, and willing to negotiate his number 84 with Moss. Tomase’s notebook has Moss in town to check in with the offseason workout program.
David Scott says that Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy really didn’t challenge MLB commissioner Bud Selig in his appearance in the NESN booth last night. Susan Bickelhaupt has a look at ESPN’s announcement earlier in the week about new programming for the network.