One night after defeating the Indians 1-0, the Red Sox fell in Cleveland last night by that same 1-0 score. Josh Beckett pitched very well last night, but a third inning solo home run by Franklin Gutierrez made him a loser on a night that the Red Sox made several key mistakes on the basepaths. The Red Sox lead in the A.L. East is now down to 6 1/2 games.
Jeff Horrigan notes that Beckett might’ve pitched his best game in a Red Sox uniform last night, but was still stuck with the loss. Amalie Benjamin says that the pitching duel didn’t go the Sox way on this night. Joe McDonald says that it was simply a night of missed opportunities for the Red Sox. Jeff Goldberg notes that this was clearly not the same Fausto Carmona that the Red Sox knocked around as a closer last summer. Bill Ballou says it is hard to decide whether the Red Sox glass is half full or half empty these days.
Rob Bradford looks at the Red Sox running themselves out of the few chances that they had last night. Nick Cafardo dialed up Jose Canseco to get reaction to Curt Schilling’s comments on HBO’s “Costas Now” about steroid use. Zach Rocha catches up with former Cape League star David Murphy, who is looking forward to getting another chance with the Red Sox sometime this season.
Bradford also has a good look at Dustin Pedroia and the fire he brings to the Red Sox clubhouse as a 23-year-old rookie. Cafardo also has a column on Wily Mo Peña, who many still feel is going to be power hitting start in baseball, but is now desperately in need of a fresh start. It’s a good look at the 25-year-old, who continues to work hard at all facets of his game, but who will probably be better off somewhere else. That Bruce Allen guy in the Metro notes that Coco isn’t Soso anymore these days.
Horrigan’s notebook has Joel Pineiro accepting an assignment to Pawtucket, where he will be stretched out as a starter. The Globe notebook has the Sox interested in Tampa Bay outfielder Ty Wigginton, and has Doug Mirabelli saying that purely from a stuff angle, Manny Delcarmen is above Jonathan Papelbon. McDonald’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis more concerned with winning rather than money right now. Eligible for arbitration after the season, Youkilis says he’ll worry about financial matters at that time. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Schilling’s comments about Canseco on HBO. Ballou’s notebook observes that the PawSox have a very veteran starting rotation these days with both Schilling and Pineiro currently with the team.
The Patriots start training camp tomorrow, and Mike Reiss has Bill Belichick focused on the job of getting his team ready for the season, and not caught up in the hype that surrounds the open practice sessions these days. John Tomase looks over four positions on the Patriots roster that could be up for grabs in this training camp. Mark Farinella has a look at the Patriots offense, and says that it remains to be seen if the team will be able to run the ball at all this year.
Christopher L. Gasper has Reche Caldwell fully aware that he has got plenty to prove (and plenty of competition) entering this training camp. Eric McHugh offers up 10 questions on the AFC. Jim Donaldson likes the Patriots much better as underdogs. Tomase gives us a few players to keep an eye on during camp.
Peter May has a short note in the Globe reporting that Al Jefferson will be among a group of younger NBA players that will scrimmage next month in Las Vegas against the United States national team.
Bill Doyle talks to one of the contestants on “Sox Appeal.”