The Red Sox managed a single run last night against C.C. Sabathia, but Daisuke Matsuzaka made it stand up in Boston’s 1-0 win in Cleveland at Jacobs field.
Jeff Goldberg has Matsuzaka serving notice last night that he is “equipped to deliver in big games.” Amalie Benjamin has different sort of performance from Matsuzaka than we have seen recently. Jeff Horrigan notes that “in nine of Matsuzaka’s last 11 starts the Sox have scored two runs or less.” Joe McDonald has a look at the pitching duel in Cleveland last night. Bill Ballou tabs this outing as “one of his best, perhaps his very best, effort in a Boston uniform” for Matsuzaka.
Rob Bradford has the Red Sox calm and confident these days, despite knowing that the front office is likely to make some moves in the next week or so. Nick Cafardo has a look at what Theo Epstein has to consider about his team with the trading deadline approaching. Sean McAdam offers a number of observations and opinions as we get set to enter the final third of the season. Trade rumors have an impact on minor leaguers as well, Brendan McGair has the PawSox playing attempting to tune out the upcoming deadline. Jon Couture says that Theo Epstein will likely use the trading deadline to bolster his bench, a unit that has won some games for the Red Sox, but could use a little more punch.
Cafardo talks to Indians bullpen coach Luis Isaac about the monster season Manny Ramírez had in 1999 (.333, 44HR, 165 RBI) Bradford also has Jonathan Papelbon talking about his dislike for radar gun readings being displayed in ballparks. Alex Speier looks at who could stay and who could go at the trading deadline. Bradford has Coco Crisp returning to the form that people in Cleveland are familiar with from 2004 and 2005…but better. Joe Haggerty has Julio Lugo finally enjoying himself at the plate with the Red Sox. Bradford reports on Jon Lester revealing that Lance Armstrong had sent him a note of support while he was undergoing his cancer treatments.
Mark Shanahan in the Globe profiles LMontro, the unofficial barber of the Red Sox.
Horrigan’s notebook has David Ortiz hoping to get back into the lineup tonight after hurting his shoulder last Friday night. Benjamin’s notebook has Crisp getting a spot in the 5-hole last night. McDonald’s notebook has Manny Delcarmen giving credit to PawSox manager Ron Johnson for his turnaround this season. Goldberg’s notebook has several defensive play proving key for the Red Sox last night. Ballou’s notebook says that the five wins in a row has made it easier for David Ortiz to sit out and rest his shoulder.
Shira Springer has NBA commissioner David Stern working his first round of damage control in a marathon news conference yesterday. Steve Bulpett says that Stern had better be right that Tim Donaghy was alone in betting on the game, otherwise the league’s very existence could be threatened. Peter May has more on Stern hoping that it was just one guy involved in this scandal.
Jeff Jacobs notes that yesterday was an apocalyptic day in sports on many levels.
John Tomase notes that contrary to many breathless media reports this year, the evidence actually points to Bill Belichick sticking around for a while longer in New England. Mike Reiss has Richard Seymour, Troy Brown and six others set to start training camp on the PUP list. Tomase also has a few notes on who will be ready (Tedy Bruschi) and who won’t (Seymour).
Mark Farinella looks at the Michael Vick case, and also urges David Stern to “blow up” the NBA.