The Red Sox finished off a three game sweep of the San Francisco Giants yesterday at Fenway Park with a 9-5 win behind Tim Wakefield. Barry Bonds hit a solo home run for the Giants, while Manny Ramirez hit his 10th on the season for the Red Sox.
Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox bats awakening and Joel Piñeiro getting the job done in relief for the Red Sox victory. Michael Silverman looks at a feel-good Father’s Day at Fenway Park. Shalise Manza Young notes that despite the score, the game really came down to one key pitch from Piñeiro. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox finishing up the sweep despite the solo home run by Bonds off his former teammate Wakefield. Paul Jarvey looks at the Sox getting to Giants starter Matt Morris early and often yesterday. Jeff Howe notes that the Sox roughing up Morris was just like game 2 of the 2004 World Series.
Bob Ryan looks at a good weekend at Fenway for the Red Sox, noting that you’ve got to feel good about this team going forward. Steve Buckley looks at Bonds getting his Fenway Park home run and being in a good mood after the game, despite the loss. Nick Cafardo notes that Bonds actually enjoyed himself in Boston this weekend, and that the fans weren’t nearly as nasty to him as everyone (i.e. the media) said they would be. Rich Thompson looks at Wakefield joining the long list of pitchers who have surrendered a home run to Bonds. Lenny Megliola looks at Bonds and the Sox parting ways after a lively weekend at Fenway. Ron Chimelis says that the Giants will be a better team when Bonds is gone. Eric McHugh notes that Bonds is “the No. 1 punching bag in all of sports.”
Rob Bradford has Kevin Youkilis approaching Stuffy McInnis’ club record for consecutive games at first base without an error. Daniel Malloy has David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez starting to come into form, power wise. Bradford has Joel Piñeiro turning things around for himself with one pitch yesterday afternoon. Howe has Bonds hitting a solo homer as he adds Fenway to his list of Parks. Bradford has Osamu Higashio, who managed Daisuke Matsuzaka in Japan, recalling his matchups against legendary Japanese slugger Sadaharu Oh. Bradford also has David Ortiz getting a special Father’s Day gift from his wife and kids.
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Chad Finn offers up a few thoughts on the weekend.
Silverman’s notebook has Brendan Donnelly going on the IR, with Manny Delcarmen getting the call to replace him on the roster. Benjamin’s notebook has more on the Sox placing Donnelly on the injured list with a strained forearm. The Projo notebook observes that Bonds didn’t really make a mark in this series with his bat. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Donnelly’s injury. Chimelis’ notebook also follows up on the injury to the Sox main right handed setup man. Jarvey’s notebook has Bonds finally getting his Fenway home run.
Jim McCabe looks at Angel Cabrera holding off the big names to win his first Major championship. Tony Massarotti has Tiger Woods unable to complete his comeback yesterday, finishing one stroke behind. Jeff Jacobs looks at the “waddling duck from Argentina” holding off Woods for the win. Bruce Berlet has more on Cabrera.
Massarotti’s notebook has a look at a nightmarish final round for Woods’ playing partner Aaron Baddeley. McCabe’s notebook has Furyk’s decision to go with a driver on 17 being his undoing. Berlet’s notebook has updates on a couple of guys with local ties.
A few of the Sunday/Weekend columns:
Mark Murphy says that the Celtics could find decent value with the 5th pick. Peter May loves the Spurs. Steve Bulpett has Kendrick Perkins challenging himself and his teammates to get better this offseason.
Nick Cafardo loves the Yankees in his Baseball Notes and says that beating the Red Sox might’ve turned their season around. Massarotti in Covering All Bases also says that the Yankees appear to have put it all together. Jon Couture looks at the Giants fan who made the trip to Fenway this weekend. Mark Farinella says that baseball has lost its luster among the current generation.