Sox Can Only Split

The Red Sox could only manage a split with the Angels this weekend, as a day after putting up 10 runs on the L.A. pitching staff, they could only manage a single run yesterday in the 3-1 loss at Fenway.

Mark Murphy has the Red Sox finishing up a so-so home stand with the loss to the Angels. Amalie Benjamin has the Sox not showing much fight while going down to the Angels. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox showing some spark defensively, but still scuffling offensively. Dom Amore has a pair of newcomers thrilled to play their first game with the Red Sox, but the rest of the team falling flat. Ron Chimelis has the Red Sox treading water in the standings. Josh Bousquet has the Sox lead shrinking to four games over the Yankees with the loss.

Tony Massarotti says that this Red Sox team has still not been tested yet, so we don’t know what they are. Dan Shaughnessy agrees that we’re approaching the time to make a decision about this team, and he stages a debate between Glass Half Full guy vs. Glass Half Empty guy. Jon Couture also says that we’re not quite sure what we’re looking at here yet, but notes that the team isn’t entering panic mode. Sean McAdam has Eric Gagne finding a little breathing room after a scoreless ninth yesterday. Alex Speier (or is it Allen Lessels?) says that there are still reasons for optimism coming out of this weekend series with the Angels.

Lenny Megliola has Julian Tavarez providing a strong spot start for the Red Sox yesterday. Maureen Mullen has Kevin Cash enjoying his return to the majors after over two years since his last appearance. Massarotti has Eric Gagne making it through a ninth inning appearance without allowing more damage yesterday. Mullen also reports on the Red Sox debut of Bobby Kielty, who won the Fenway crowd over early when he robbed Casey Kotchman of a home run. Daniel Malloy also has a look at Kielty, who reacquainted himself with the Fenway outfield wall early on yesterday.

Murphy’s notebook has Julian Tavarez insisting that hitting Orlando Cabrera was an accident, despite what he had said earlier. The Globe notebook has more on the Tavarez/Cabrera feud. Amore’s notebook has Cash getting ready for his first start with Tim Wakefield. Bousquet’s notebook has more on Cash getting set to catch Wakefield tonight in Tampa. Couture’s notebook has Eric Gagne making it through the ninth inning without further damage yesterday.

Patriots
Michael Felger says that the offense has a long ways to go before it can live up its offseason hype. Mike Reiss has a look at punter Danny Baugher, who has a long family line at the position. Jennifer Toland and Christopher Price each examine the progress made by second year defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith, who has earned some praise by coach Bill Belichick.

John Tomase notes that the defense is well ahead of the offense at this point, as was shown in the first half Friday night. Shalise Manza Young looks at the uphill road facing Kelvin Kight in his battle for a roster spot. Ian M. Clark has a Dartmouth grad helping the Titans beat the Patriots on Friday night.

Tomase’s notebook has Le Kevin Smith competing for the backup nose tackle role behind Vince Wilfork. Reiss’ notebook says that Tm Brady paid the price for the offensive line breakdowns on Friday night. Young’s notebook looks at a shaky week for kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

Other
The Projo has the first of three excerpts from Bill Reynolds new book: Our Game: The Story of New England Basketball

Frank Dell’Apa has the Revolution scoring a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Wizards last night.

Steve Conroy has a look at B.C. receiver Brandon Robinson, expected to be quarterback Matt Ryan’s big downfield target. Mark Blaudschun has coach Jeff Jagodzinski pleased with his offense’s progress thus far. Conroy’s notebook has more from the coach on the offense.

Dave Doyle has a profile on Ludlow’s Gabriel Gonzaga, who challenges Randy Couture for the UFC heavyweight title in Vegas on Saturday. Ryan Lambert has more on the fight.

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