Sox Back To Old Ways

David Scott has details on the regional sports talk network that is said to be courting Dennis & Callahan during this lockout period. While Scott hints at it, the Inside Track reports today that outgoing ESPN star Dan Patrick has been signed up for fill-in duties in the morning next week.

Red Sox
The Red Sox followed up their rousing come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night by coming out and falling behind 6-0 to Tampa Bay yesterday afternoon. They attempted the rally again, but came up on the short end of a 6-5 final score.

Jeff Horrigan has the Rays getting to Daisuke Matsuzaka early and ruining the Red Sox chances for a sweep. Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox unable to come through with a knockout punch in the ninth inning to break through against the Rays. Joe McDonald has Daisuke Matsuzaka lamenting the loss after his disappointing outing. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox unable to complete their comeback at Fenway this time. Garry Brown has the Rays spoiling Boston’s efforts to sweep the series. Phil O’Neill looks at the rally falling short this time in the ninth inning. Joe Haggerty also reports on the failed rally.

Rob Bradford notes that scoreboard watching is already in full force at Fenway. Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox achilles heels were on full display yesterday – they can’t get to pitchers that they are unfamiliar with, and they don’t come through in the clutch. Maureen Mullen has former teammates reacting to the meltdown of Jose Offerman on Tuesday night . Steven Krasner has Julio Lugo getting his job done in the ninth inning against Rays closer Al Reyes.

Mullen also has a look at the rough outing for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was roughed up for six runs. Daniel Malloy has more on Matsuzaka, who was once again plagued by a single big inning. Kevin Gray has the Rays figuring out Dice-K yesterday.

Bradford also looks at how much the homer that Mike Lowell hit on Tuesday night meant to a pair of families. Sarah Green says that it is August, so it must be time to panic. Horrigan says that the buzz is already starting about a possible Clay Buchholz start at Fenway tomorrow. In the Metro, we look at how Jon Lester and Rick Ankiel should be the feel-good stories of the summer.

Horrigan’s notebook has Kevin Youkilis going 0-5 and missing out on chances to be a hero yesterday. Benjamin’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia unable to put down a ninth inning bunt that could’ve changed the game. Brown’s notebook also looks at that play as one of the keys to the afternoon. Goldberg’s notebook says that all signs are pointing to Clay Buchholz getting the afternoon start against the Angels tomorrow. O’Neill’s notebook says that the Red Sox could play themselves right out of the playoffs over the next six weeks.

Patriots
Over on Patriots Daily, Dan Snapp has Drew Bledsoe showing his true colors. Seems like the former Patriots quarterback just didn’t enjoy football all that much.

John Tomase has Tom Brady and the Patriots limiting the use of the quarterback’s arm in practice this summer, and talks to Brady’s throwing guru Tom Martinez about his mechanics and routines. Christopher L. Gasper has Eugene Wilson offering support to Brandon Meriweather in regards to changing positions, something that Wilson also had to do as a rookie. Albert Breer has Meriweather admitting to having a case of the nerves on Friday night. David Heuschkel has Meriweather not concerned with what his role is, but just focusing on playing football. Christopher Price has Meriweather making it through the first stage of NFL life. Shalise Manza Young has a profile of Larry Izzo, who has made a career of being a special teams standout.

Karen Guregian says that the Patriots aren’t worked up over Tennessee linebacker Keith Bulluck’s comments about what he is going to do to them and Reche Caldwell in particular. Chris Kennedy has more on the Titans being unable to forget the last meeting between the teams. Breer has Whitman’s Sean Conover entering his second season with the Titans. Jennifer Tolandhas more on Bullock seeking payback.

Ian M. Clark has another rookie cornerback, Mike Richardson from Notre Dame, making the most of his chances in camp. Mark Farinella also has a good look at Richardson. Kennedy looks at the defensive line, which he calls the team’s strongest position group.

Tomase’s notebook has Vince Wilfork receiving some high praise from Bill Belichick. Gasper’s notebook has more on Belichick’s praise for Wilfork. Farinella’s notebook has Belichick refusing to take the Titans’ bait. Young’s notebook reports that Danny Baugher might have the edge in the punting competition thus far at camp.

Other
Scott Souza has Reggie Miller sounding like someone ready to make an NBA comeback. Mark Murphy has Miller working on getting into shape.

Shira Springer has Tim Donaghy pleading guilty.

Buddy Thomas says that the Red Sox blowing this lead would be worse than the Yankees blowing a 3-0 lead in the 2004 ALCS, and has a number of other deep thoughts.

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