Beckett Aces Peavy, Padres

The battle of the aces in San Diego yesterday went to the Red Sox, as Josh Beckett improved to 11-1 on the season, going eight innings and giving up two runs in the Red Sox 4-2 win over the Padres yesterday afternoon.

Amalie Benjamin looks at Beckett coming up Aces in his matchup against Jake Peavy and the Padres. Michael Silverman observes that the Red Sox seem like a team that cannot wait for October to roll around. Sean McAdam notes that Beckett’s margin for error was slim, but he made few mistakes on the afternoon. Sandy Burgin says that Beckett wore out the Padres and the Red Sox wore out Jake Peavy.

Tony Massarotti says that the Red Sox hold all the power in any trade discussions about White Sox left-handed starter Mark Buehrle. Yesterday, the Chicago Sun-Times said that the Red Sox were the front-runners to acquire Buehrle. Dan Shaughnessy has more on Beckett, who has become the ace of the Red Sox staff in the shadow of the attention being paid to Daisuke Matsuzaka and Curt Schilling.

Kevin Gray has a look at Red Sox AA ace Clay Buchholz, who was in Manchester this weekend to take on the Fisher Cats. John Habib has trade rumors involving Buchholz in a deal for Mark Buehrle being dismissed. Massarotti has Red Sox players remembering former teammate Rod Beck, who was found dead in his home yesterday at the age of 38. Massarotti also looks at Jason Varitek continuing his comeback at the plate, with a triple and a home run in the win yesterday.

Silverman’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon making quick work of the Padres in the ninth inning to close out the game for the Sox. Benjamin’s notebook has more from the Red Sox on the death of Rod Beck. McAdam’s notebook has more on Beck and Buehrle. Burgin’s notebook has Kason Gabbard being tabbed to make the start tomorrow night for the Red Sox against the Mariners.

Celtics

Steve Bulpett has sources saying that a Celtics deal for Kevin Garnett isn’t dead quite yet. Ron Chimelis urges Celtics fans not to be too down, as they’re going to get a good player with the fifth pick. Peter May has a look at ex-BC center Sean Williams, who is attempting to put his life back together with the help of John Lucas before starting his NBA career. Desmond Conner looks at what the Celtics, Knicks and Nets need and could do in the draft this week.

Bruins/Misc

Stephen Harris has the Bruins adding some important building blocks for the future in this weekend’s NHL draft.

Catch up with other Bruins talk from around web and blogosphere on BruinsLinks.com

Daniel Malloy has the Revolution and MLS hitting their stride in terms of flow and popularity of the sport.

Weekend Watch – NHL Draft

The Red Sox are in San Diego for an interleague series with the Padres this weekend. The series features three pretty good pitching matchups, led off by Daisuke Matsuzaka facing off against Greg Maddux on Friday night. Saturday night is Tim Wakefield against Chris Young, and then Sunday afternoon features a beauty with Josh Beckett, (10-1, 3.14) taking on the Padres Jake Peavy (9-1, 1.98)

The NHL draft starts tonight using a model that the NFL is thinking about going to with the first round in prime time starting at 7:00 on Versus, while rounds 2-7 will be tomorrow starting at 10:00am.

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Gotta love the Big Show’s reaction to the post here Wednesday afternoon about Gerry Callahan’s condition. Rather than address or dismiss concerns about the health of the morning show co-host, Glenn Ordway attacked what was a side observation of the post and proudly exclaimed that they have indeed been making fun of Callahan, pointing out that they’ve made the sex change operation jokes almost every day! Good for them. There’s nothing like the “We’ve been making sex change operation jokes every day about him” comeback to shut up the critics…

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A reminder that my “headline dashboards” for each of the four major Boston pro teams are now finished, and you can use them at any time to check out the latest headlines from the local papers, national sites and fan blogs on the local teams.

RedSoxLinks.com (In San Diego this weekend)

BruinsLinks.com (Draft weekend)

CelticsLinks.com (Draft and Trade Rumors)

PatriotsLinks.com

Please update your bookmarks, as these are new URL’s and will be the permanent homes to these dashboards as I continue to add onto them.

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Former Globe sports staffer Dave Doyle, who couldn’t get off the high school beat at the Globe under Joe Sullivan and had left to carve out a nice role for himself over at FoxSports.com, is on the move again as he has accepted a position as Mixed Martial Arts/Boxing producer for Yahoo! Sports. In that role, he’ll be traveling around the country to the major UFC shows and boxing matches. Seems like he hasn’t done too badly for himself since deciding he wasn’t going anywhere at the Globe.

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Chris Jenkins looks at Red Sox fans invading stadiums all over the country, including this weekend in San Diego.

John Donovan of SI.com looks at the patience that the Red Sox have shown in Dustin Pedroia paying off in a big way.

Tony Massarotti looks at the risks involved in big-name free agent pitchers.

Tom Curran has Steve DeOssie leveling some harsh criticism at NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw. (Was this interview done in the WEEI hallways?)

Curran also lists the most complete safeties in the NFL. Rodney Harrison does make the list.

Sports Media Watch explains everything you ever wanted to know about the NBA television contract.

Clark Booth says that there is one standard for the NFL; another for all the other games under the sun.

Michael McCann of Sports Law Blog has an AP reporter publishing a scouting report that was found on dugout floor of the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to a recent game with the New York Yankees, which revealed how the Diamondbacks intended to pitch to the Yankees.

Josh Bacott & Pat Imig are back with another edition of the Media Circus.

Sports Law Blog also examines whether Kevin Garnett saying no to the Celtics is selfish or understandable.

Bill Simmons matches up Kevin Durant and Greg Oden.

Mike McMahon has a look at new Bruins coach Claude Julien.

Mike Loftus says that Bruins might find some Pat Burns in their new coach.

Win Bates has Providence coach Scott Gordon content for now to wait his turn for an NHL job.

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Sports Media Columns

New England/New York
Susan Bickelhaupt looks at Versus expanding its offerings and viewership. Phil Mushnick says that ESPN’s coverage of Sammy Sosa’s 600th home run was stunning for what it ignored regarding the Rangers slugger. Bob Raissman says that we can’t really blame the Mets for their over-the-top campaigning to have Paul LoDuca elected to the National League All Star team, the finger should be pointed at MLB. Richard Sandomir notes that this year’s Tour de France will be under the dark cloud of the doping scandal. He also has a look at the upcoming ESPN miniseries The Bronx Is Burning, which will debut on July 9. Neil Best has Tom Seaver getting into the wine business. Adam Reilly in The Phoenix examines why Dan Shaughnessy is the most hated man in Boston.

More East Coast
Michael McCarthy reports on ESPN tabbing Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic to lead the second game of their Monday Night Football opening night doubleheader. Laura Nachman has Philadelphia’s legendary Palestra as the subject of a documentary. Jim Williams has WUSA-TV 9 Sports Director Brett Haber garnering an Emmy over retired legend George Michael of NBC 4. He also notes that TV color analysts are becoming far more honest about the teams and the leagues that they cover. Chris Zelkovich has former Blue Jays outfielder Jesse Barfield launching a new career with CBC. Michael Hiestand has Kyle Petty serving as TNT NASCAR analyst while driving in this weekend’s Sunday’s Save Mart 350.

South
Dave Darling notes that MLB has a nightmare on its hands with Barry Bonds approaching home run 756. David Barron looks at Houston’s three sports radio stations vying for listeners. Barry Horn says that while San Antonio and the rest of Texas should be proud of the NBA champs, the rest of America doesn’t get the Spurs.

Midwest
Teddy Greenstein grades Chicago’s four baseball broadcast teams. Bob Wolfley looks at the Bucks options in next week’s NBA draft. Dan Caesar looks at KFNS’ rowdy and often bawdy morning drive-time show, “The Morning Grind,” on the verge of grinding to a halt. Judd Zulgad notes that the Gophers football team will be debuting on the new Bit Ten Network. Tom Dienhart says that the Big Ten Network will change football on TV.

West Coast
John Maffei looks at this weekend’s Padres/Red Sox series getting overlooked by FOX and ESPN. John Scheibe talks to ESPN’s Erin Andrews about the College World Series. Jay Posner has NBC already getting ready for next year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Tom Hoffarth has Shaquille O’Neal talking about his new ABC reality show. Jim Carlisle does some sports media ranting and raving. He also notes that Wimbledon goes online this year in his notebook. Joe Davidson has “Dare Dave” finding a home at ESPN.

No-Go For Garnett in Boston?

Gordon Edes has a good look at the relationship between Terry Francona and Brad Mills, which extends back to college, and how the two of them make such a strong team on the Red Sox bench. Rob Bradford has the Red Sox talking about the schedule, which has them back out on the West coast for the second time in three weeks. Sean McAdam notes that things are going so well for the Red Sox this season that even Schilling’s stint on the DL isn’t a huge deal. He leans towards Kason Gabbard getting the start in Schilling’s spot rather than Jon Lester.

Jeff Goldberg has a good look at Julian Tavarez, who has been labeled a loose cannon, who is actually much deeper and more complex than that. Jeff Horrigan examines Hideki Okajima’s All Star qualifications, as well as the apparent slim chances that he will actually be selected to the team. Garry Brown looks at the options the Red Sox have in filling Schilling’s spot in the rotation.

Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox shouldn’t push Jon Lester’s return to the majors. He says Lester’s return should be at Fenway, not at Safeco Field in Seattle. Ron Chimelis says that the clock is ticking for Julio Lugo to get on track this season. Chad Finn names his All-Time Red Sox All-Dirtbag Team.

Amalie Benjamin has a minor league notebook, and she has a look at AA shortstop Jed Lowrie, who is putting things together at the plate. Kevin Gray has a look at the Portland Sea Dogs coming into Manchester to face the Fisher Cats, with many top Red Sox prospects on display this weekend, including Clay Buchholz on Monday night.

Edes’ notebook has the Red Sox bench players talking about why they’re called the I-75’s. Horrigan’s notebook says that David Murphy will likely get the call to join the big league club this weekend with Curt Schilling on the DL and J.D. Drew nursing a sore quad.

Bruins
Fluto Shinzawa looks at Claude Julien officially taking over the Bruins yesterday and offering his initial thoughts on the team and what he hopes to do with them. Douglas Flynn has Julien noting that the trap was something that the Devils did very well, and he may use something different here. Mick Colageo says the Julien is expected to impart a “never-say-die” identity to the Bruins. Joe McDonald has GM Peter Chiarelli getting his man in Julien.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that as of 10:30 yesterday morning, the clock started ticking on Peter Chiarelli’s tenure here in Boston. Stephen Harris has the Bruins strongly interested in Minnesota Wild goalie Manny Fernandez. Rich Thompson has more on Chiarelli’s hiring of Julien.

With the draft starting tonight Flynn says that this is a vital pick for the Bruins, who have the 8th overall selection. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins expect to get a good player at # 8. Shinzawa says that the Bruins will be looking for someone great with that first round selection.

Shinzawa’s notebook says that this draft is week in terms of goaltenders.

Celtics
Mark Murphy has the agent for Kevin Garnett throwing cold water on the prospect of KG coming to the Boston. Shira Springer has more on the agent saying that a deal is not going to happen. Mike Fine says that a Garnett trade to Boston doesn’t make sense.

Gerry Callahan says that Danny Ainge is desperate to get people to pay attention to the Celtics and might make a move that reflects that. He compares a deal for Garnett to M.L. Carr bringing in Dominique Wilkins.

Murphy also has two Eastern conference officials saying that a Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett combo would be a tough one in the East.

Other
Christopher Price has an interview with Joe Theismann, who talks about the Patriots’ offseason moves, Bill Belichick’s management style, whether or not Donovan McNabb should be worried and his feelings about being replaced on the “MNF” broadcasts by Ron Jaworski.

Susan Bickelhaupt looks at Versus expanding its offerings and viewership.