Sox Left Stranded in NY

The Red Sox certainly had their chances against Chien-Ming Wang and the Yankees last night, but couldn’t come up with the key hits when they needed them, and missed out on an opportunity to increase their AL East lead, losing 6-2 at Yankee Stadium. Tim Wakefield had his worst outing of the season, but didn’t get any help from his offense, either.

Jeff Horrigan looks at a night of wasted opportunities for the Red Sox. Gordon Edes has the Yankees serving notice that the rest of the season will in fact be played. Sean McAdam has Tim Wakefield unable to get a good feel for the knuckleball, while Wang was able to get out of the jams he faced. Paul Doyle has the Red Sox missing out on too many chances last night. Bill Ballou has Wakefield struggling in the Bronx.

Dan Shaughnessy notes that fighting for their lives, and perhaps their jobs, the Yankees showed some hunger last night. Tony Massarotti says that these games mean much more to the Yankees than they do to the Red Sox, and it showed last night. Bob Ryan has Kevin Youkilis continuing his hitting hot streak, and refusing to give away even a single at bat. Michael Silverman has Wakefield leaving his early season success behind him, unable to get comfortable all night. We’ve heard a lot about how well Wakefield pitches against the Yankees, but as Silverman points out, he’s just 1-7 against them in his last nine starts.

Jeff Jacobs notes that with Wakefield, you just don’t know what you’re going to get. Buckley has Julian Tavarez winning over the Boston fans in his second season with the Red Sox with his performance on the field and his daffy personality. Massarotti has Manny Delcarmen back with the big club and ready for anything. Jeff Howe has Devern Hansack and Kason Gabbard riding the I-95 shuttle between Pawtucket and Boston. Matt Kalman looks at the life of a Red Sox fan living in New York.

Nick Cafardo has the Yankees finally showing a glimpse of the team they’re supposed to be. Dom Amore has ARod and Giambi each hitting homers in the win over the Red Sox. Steve Buckley has Johnny Damon giving the Yankees a lift with three hits, two stolen bases and a run scored.

Silverman has Joe Torre doing his best to weather the storm in NY. Amore’s notebook has Damon looking like a catalyst at the top of the order again.

Check the view from NY in the New York Sports Pages.

Horrigan’s notebook has Daisuke Matsuzaka being named the AL Player of the Week for May 14-20. Edes’s notebook has a look at the continued struggles at the plate by Manny Ramirez and J.D. Drew. McAdam’s notebook has more on Delcarmen’s return to the big club. Doyle’s notebook has Delcarmen pitching a perfect seventh inning his his return. Ballou’s notebook has Youkilis continuing his hot streak.

Celtics
Tonight is the night. Sometime between 8:30 and 9:00 tonight we’ll have a pretty good idea whether the Celtics are on the road back to respectability or if they’re going to be mired in mediocrity for the foreseeable future. The NBA Draft lottery starts at 8:30 tonight and will air on ESPN. FSN New England will have plenty of coverage and reaction throughout the night as well.

For my part, I refuse to believe that David Stern will ever allow anything good to happen to the Celtics on his watch.

Shira Springer looks at the huge night ahead for the future of the Boston Celtics. As if we needed any reminders, Mark Murphy charts the paths taken by the Spurs and Celtics since the fateful night 10 years ago when San Antonio won the draft lottery and won the rights to Tim Duncan. Bill Reynolds looks at the Celtics’ future riding on the ping pong balls. Steve Bulpett has Jeff Twiss remembering that painful night in Secaucus. Tim Weisberg consults a psychic, who sees the Phoenix Suns winning the lottery. Desmond Conner says Greg Oden is the hands down prize of the lottery. Bulpett looks at how the failure of that ’97 lottery messed things up for Rick Pitino.

Patriots
The Patriots officially brought back Junior Seau yesterday for a second season with the club, and 18th in the NFL.Mike Reiss reports on Seau staying in school for another year. Shalise Manza Young has more on Seau, who gives the Patriots much-needed depth in the middle of their linebacker corps. Mark Farinella and Karen Guregian also report on the future Hall of Famer returning to the Patriots.