Sox Sunk in Seattle Again

Note: We’ve had some server issues the last few days which have prevented afternoon updates. I’ve been assured that the problems have been addressed, though there may still be some “flakiness” going on for the next day or two.

The Red Sox battled last night after being put into a pretty deep hole by Kason Gabbard, who couldn’t find the plate in the first inning of his outing last night, eventually falling to the Mariners 8-7 in Seattle.

The late night appeared to wreck havoc with the web sites of the local papers. When I was putting together this post, the Herald had only run an AP game story of the contest (they’ve since posted Michael Silverman’s Still winless in Seattle) – but they did have a number of regular articles from Massarotti and Silverman, and the Globe online sports section was just bare bones, with just a few main sports stories listed, and not yet organized.

Gordon Edes looks at a night in which the Mariners had an answer every time the Red Sox battled back to tie the game. Sean McAdam looks at the Red Sox having to go to their bullpen early for the second night in a row, and having it cost them again.

Tony Massarotti talks to Mike Hargrove, who managed the great Cleveland team of the late 1990′s about what dangers can befall a team that has a huge lead, as the Red Sox do. McAdam says that Coco Crisp is playing the best centerfield in all of baseball.

Amalie Benjamin looks at Mike Timlin struggling to regain the form that has made him the Red Sox most reliable reliever since 2003. Michael Silverman looks at Kevin Youkilis breaking the club record for consecutive errorless games for a first baseman. Alex Speier says that Curt Schilling’s health issues might actually make him cost more to the Red Sox next season…in insurance costs.

Massarotti says that the Red Sox are out of the running for Chicago pitcher Mark Buehrle. Kevin Gray has Fisher Cats manager Bill Masse defending his comments that the ovation given to Clay Buchholz Monday night was “absolutely disgraceful.” Patrick Smith looks at the reaction by NH fans to Masse’s comments and finds the great majority of people disagree with the manager. While Buchholz may have been the center of attention on Monday, Alan Siegel looks at Sea Dogs shortstop Jed Lowrie, who generated plenty of his own discussion on WEEI the last few days as some called for him to be promoted to replace Julio Lugo.

Edes’s notebook has Seattle closer J.J. Putz endorsing Jonathan Papelbon as an All Star. Silverman’s notebook has Julio Lugo getting a night off, mired in an 0-29 slump. McAdam’s notebook has more on Youkilis setting a new standard for first base play with the Red Sox.

Celtics/Draft
Mark Murphy has a look at the Celtics draft history, which has a little bit of everything, steals, busts and tragedy. Peter May says that the Paul Pierce situation is a very tricky one indeed for the Celtics. Steve Bulpett says that Pierce and the Celtics management both want the same thing, and that Pierce could actually help the process of bringing in a veteran player rather than making the grumblings that could make players shy away from agreeing to come here. Mike Fine has Danny Ainge weighing all his options prior to the draft. Jessica Camerato looks at the Jermaine O’Neal rumor…which never was.

Bulpett says that most of what is being reported out there regarding the Celtics and potential deals is patently bogus.. The hot rumor last night was Shawn Marion (again) and Bulpett shoots that one down. Tim Weisberg looks at the five players the Celtics will likely be able to choose from at the #5 slot. Desmond Conner says that this draft might not be as deep as some people think it is, but there are some gems available. Springer has a profile of Florida State forward Al Thornton.

David Sandora has a chat with former Pistons and Dream Team coach Chuck Daly.

Patriots/Misc
Christopher L. Gasper says that the extension signed by the Bears’ Nathan Vasher – a player with a very similar career track to Asante Samuel, could hurt the Patriots cornerback’s attempts to get a Nate Clements-like deal. John Tomase looks at why finding a college linebacker to fit the Patriots system is such a hard task.

Garry Brown is hitting to all fields. Bud Collins reports from Wimbledon with Tim Henman as the reincarnation of Sir Francis Drake.