Adam Reilly in The Phoenix examines why Dan Shaughnessy is the most hated man in Boston. (Sorry, Borges.)
The Red Sox made it two out of three in Atlanta last night, with Julian Tavarez again shining on the mound in an 11-0 victory which featured five home runs by the Red Sox.
Gordon Edes has a look at the Sox blasting off in Atlanta last night. Jeff Horrigan looks at the Sox providing Tavarez plenty of support to pick up his fifth win of the season. Sean McAdam looks at the Red Sox notching their biggest margin of victory since the home opener. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox beating up on Buddy Carlyle before having to face the Padres trio of Greg Maddux, Chris Young and Jake Peavy. Bill Ballou anoints Tavarez as the biggest surprise of the 2007 Red Sox.
Rob Bradfordlooks at Tavarez focusing when he gets on the mound, putting everything else to the side. Nick Cafardo has Tavarez missing his family and wishing he didn’t have to be at the park yesterday, but putting that behind him and focusing on the game. Kevin Gray has a look at former Sox cult hero Rich ‘El Guapo’ Garces trying to work his way back to the majors while dominating with the Nashua Pride. Garces owns a 2-0 record, 0.64 ERA and league-best eight saves with the Pride.
Edes says that Curt Schilling was given a cortisone shot and will be placed on the DL. Bradford also reports that the Sox will be placing Schilling on the 15-day disabled list, probably tomorrow. Goldberg has the tests revealing no structural damage, but the making the move to place Schilling on the DL anyway. He notes that they’ll likely summon a hitter for the NL weekend before calling up a pitcher to replace Schilling in the rotation. Bradford has Dr. Craig Morgan, who twice performed surgery on Schilling’s shoulder talking about the pitcher’s drop in velocity, without feeling pain. Jeff Howe also reports on Schilling.
Joe Haggerty says that the Red Sox aren’t big fans of interleague play, despite their success. Horrigan has J.D. Drew taking a seat last night following a homer and double after feeling tightness in his quad. Sarah Green reflects on the weekend that Barry Bonds spent in Boston. Greg St. Martin has a talk with Wade Boggs about the game of baseball and the 2007 Red Sox.
Bob Ryan has a look at the DVD set “Impossible To Forget. The Story of the ’67 Boston Red Sox.” The set is produced by The Sports Museum of New England, along with NESN and is deemed spectacular by Ryan. I might need to get my hands on this…
Horrigan’s notebook says that Jon Lester could make his return to the majors next week as a replacement for Schilling in the rotation. Edes’s notebook has more on Drew having to leave the game last night. He also reports that message board posters in Japan are upset with Daisuke Matsuzaka for his intentional walk of Barry Bonds over the weekend. McAdam’s notebook has more on Schilling’s trip to the disabled list. Goldberg’s notebook has Brendan Donnelly playing a little catch as he tries to work his way back. Ballou’s notebook has more on Schilling being placed on the DL.
Steve Bulpett reports that the Celtics are getting closer to making a deal with Minnesota for Kevin Garnett. He says the deal would include both Al Jefferson and the #5 pick.
Mark Murphy says that Tony Allen could be ready to go by the start of training camp.
Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins set to name Claude Julien as head coach in a press conference this morning. Douglas Flynn has more on the Bruins breaking their silence in their decision to bring on a new head coach. Mike Loftus says that Peter Chiarelli needs to get this one right.
Kevin Paul Dupont has a look at Billerica’s Maxim Gratchev, who has come a long way in pursuit of his NHL dream. Stephen Harris profiles Westminster School (Conn.) defenseman Tommy Cross, who is likely to be the first New Englander selected in the draft.
Buddy Thomas tells us about his trip to PNC park in Pittsburgh.
Christopher Price has a sports doctor commenting on the concussion issue in the NFL.
Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan have an item in the Globe about the apology WEEI is running to the Doyle family.