Beckett, Sox Back on Track

Josh Beckett improved to 10-1 on the season (and hit a double at the plate) and David Ortiz stroked his 12th home run of the season as the Red Sox bounced back to take the second game of their series with the Atlanta Braves 4-0 at Turner Field last night.

Sean McAdam says that the performance of Beckett last night helped the Red Sox keep their minds off the status of Curt Schilling’s shoulder. Jeff Horrigan has Beckett laying hold to the claim of stopper last night in Atlanta. Gordon Edes looks at David Ortiz hitting a homer in the win last night, something that has become increasingly rare this season and pitchers refuse to give the Sox slugger anything to hit. Jeff Goldberg says that Beckett reaffirmed his status as ace of the staff with his outing last night. Bill Ballou has more on Beckett picking up his 10th win of the season.

Rob Bradford has a look at Beckett growing into the role of the ace of the Red Sox staff. Nick Cafardo has Beckett helping himself out with his bat, something that he takes pride in. Bradford has a source that tells him that Curt Schilling’s MRI shows no damage to the pitcher’s shoulder. Edes’ also says that the MRI results are normal, showing no damage to Schilling.

Jon Couture says that even with his recent struggles, Schilling is still a bargain. Horrigan has Beckett praising the great catch made by Coco Crisp in the fifth inning last night. Jeff Howe has Johnny Pesky talking about the Red Sox seemingly neverending carousel at shortstop the last few years.

Lenny Megliola talks to Mike Barber, who made the short film Roger Clemens 2057 which has been circulating around the internet like crazy this week. Dan Ackman in the Wall Street Journal has a feature on Bill James.

Horrigan’s notebook has Terry Francona giving the slumping Julio Lugo the night off, and tabs Devern Hansack as the pitcher the Red Sox might turn to should Curt Schilling not be able to make his next start. Edes’s notebook has Coco Crisp once again making a spectacular catch in the outfield, and showing signs of life at the plate as well. McAdam’s notebook has Schilling’s MRI coming back clean. Goldberg’s notebook has a look at Alex Cora picking up his fourth triple of the season. Ballou’s notebook has more on Schilling’s shoulder.

Columns
Dan Shaughnessy has a few observations on the Boston sports scene, including thoughts on the Bruins. Garry Brown is hitting to all fields. Mark Farinella has thoughts on Troy Brown, Curt Schilling, Bridget Moynahan, the Bruins and more.

Patriots/NFL
John Tomase wants to know what is holding up the return of Troy Brown to the Patriots. Albert Breer says that the Patriots could have interest in Georgia corner Paul Oliver in the supplemental draft next month.

Christopher L. Gasper has the NFL coming up with a plan to deal properly with concussions. Eric McHugh looks at a patented mouth guard that has been shown to be effective in cutting down on concussions, but isn’t getting any love from the NFL. He also gets an opinion on Ted Johnson.

Bruins
Stephen Harris says that if Claude Julien is to be the Bruins next coach, he has a big challenge ahead of him. Fluto Shinzawa has Peter Chiarelli attempting to copy the Ottawa style of scouting prospects. Mike Loftus has more on the coaching situation.

Celtics
Mark Murphy looks at Boise State guard Koby Karl, son of Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and also a cancer survivor. Mike Fine looks back to the fateful 1986 draft.