Rockies Shell Schilling

There were no redeeming factors in last night’s 12-2 loss to the Rockies for Curt Schilling and the Red Sox. Schilling gave up 5 earned runs in 5 innings, while Kyle Snyder and Joel Pineiro each gave up three runs in relief.

Michael Silverman observes that with each loss, the Red Sox allow the surging Yankees to make up ground. Thus far they’ve cut the lead from 14.5 to 8.5 games in a very short period of time. Amalie Benjamin has things getting ugly at Fenway for Schilling and the Sox last night. Joe McDonald notes that nothing was clicking for Schilling on the mound last night. David Heuschkel has Schilling following his best outing of the season with one of his worst. Phil O’Neill has Curt getting cuffed around by the Rockies.

Steve Buckley says that last night really came down to one poor pitch for Schilling, a changeup that was left hanging and was belted for a three run homer in the fifth. Steven Krasner has speedy center fielder Wily Tavarez getting the Rockies off on the right foot last night. He also looks at Mike Lowell getting another error, and the Sox lack of communication costing them last night. Lenny Megliola says that the natives are getting restless with the Red Sox lead continuing to shrink by the day. Ron Chimelis says that sports talk radio should be heating up with the lead shrinking, and he wants no part of it.

John Tomase has the Red Sox waiting for Manny Ramirez to start hitting some homers. Daniel Malloy has Javier Lopez doing well in his role and thankful to still be here after the Sox chose to designate J.C. Romero for assignment rather than send Lopez to Pawtucket when Mike Timlin was activated.

Silverman has the Sox coming up with a novel idea to make Kevin Youkilis an All Star.

Buckley says that the Red Sox shouldn’t be trying to get Youkilis into the All-Star Game after having made the effort last year to keep Manny Ramirez out of the game.

Fluto Shinzawa has errors by Julio Lugo and Mike Lowell costing the Red Sox early in the game last night.

Tomase has a look at Kaz Matsui, who was a teammate of Daisuke Matsuzaka in Japan, and remembers the pitcher as an 18-year-old phenom who came in and dominated. Alex Speier has more on Matsui, who he says should be a cautionary tale for sky-high expectations for Japanese players in America. Malloy has the Rockies getting to Schilling for 6 runs, thus giving their starter Josh Fogg plenty of support.

McDonald talks to Red Sox minor league field coordinator Bob Leary, who has been good friends with Barry Bonds since they were 7 years old, and who might be the only person in New England who will be happy to see Bonds in town this weekend with the Giants. Bill Ballou has a look at Bonds coming to Boston, and his chase to become baseball’s all time home run leader.

Steve Conroy has a look at outfielder Brandon Moss, who is opening eyes with his bat at Pawtucket.

Silverman’s notebook has David Ortiz bowing out of the home run derby this season. Benjamin’s notebook has Ortiz willing to step aside to allow Kevin Youkilis a chance to become an All Star. The ProJo notebook has more on the Sox efforts to get Youkilis into the All Star game. Heuschkel’s notebook has more on the efforts. O’Neill’s notebook has still more on Ortiz’s willingness to yield to Youkilis for the All Star nod.

U.S. Open
Jim McCabe looks at the massive tree removal at the Oakmont Country Club, site of this year’s U.S. Open championship. Bruce Berlet says that the open spaces are what makes Oakmont such a different and difficult challenge. Tony Massarotti has expectant father Tiger Woods keeping his focus on golf this weekend.

McCabe’s notebook has recent bad weather making for a rough playing surface at Oakmont this weekend. Massarotti’s notebook has more on the conditions of the greens for this tournament. Berlet’s notebook has Arnold Palmer offering some advice on the Oakmont course, as he feels the field is really not ready for this challenge.

Patriots
Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots going cautious with Brandon Meriweather, wanting him to be completely healthy for training camp, as he might be needed to play corner should Asante Samuel not come back into the fold. Christopher Price looks at whether Laurence Maroney will be able to carry a full load for the Patriots this season. Karen Guregian has Stanley Morgan hoping to become a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame this year.

Celtics/Misc
Mark Murphy has the Celtics brass traveling down to Washington to check out Jeff Green. Jeff Clark has Danny Ainge trying to decide whether to play deal or no deal.

Jackie MacMullan looks at how Gregg Popovich has brought out the best in Tony Parker.

Michael Vega has Dale Earnhardt Jr deciding to go with Hendrick Motorsports, effective next season.

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