For the first time this season, Tim Wakefield did not get the decision in a game in which he started. The knuckleballer left the game in the fourth inning, having giving up six runs. The Red Sox offense was able to make up for Wakefield, and Clay Buchholz pitched three innings of one-hit ball to pick up the win in a 7-6 Boston win in Baltimore.
Michael Silverman has more on Buchholz, who is showing that nothing he does is routine. Gordon Edes has a look at the night for the Red Sox, which did feature more than just Buchholz. Steven Krasner has the legend of Buchholz growing some more last night. Jeff Goldberg has Buchholz coming through in the first relief appearance of his career. Bill Ballou has the Red Sox inching closer in the magic number column with the win.
Steve Buckley has J.D. Drew trying to relax and not do too much – an approach that didn’t work last night, but is something he thinks he’s going to need to do if he is ever going to succeed in Boston. Nick Cafardo has Buchholz showing “pizzazz, a flair for the dramatic, and electricity all rolled into one.” Goldberg has a look at Coco Crisp able to show his power last night with a three run homer. Missed yesterday was this Rob Bradford piece on how Dustin Pedroia has grown into a Rookie of the Year candidate. Buckley also has Tim Wakefield talking about his shaky outing and first non-decision of the season. Silverman has Terry Francona and Hideki Okajima tired of talking fatigue.
Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox sending American born minor-leaguers to their Dominican academy to see what it is like for players in that country. Dom Amore has both the Red Sox and Yankees bringing up prospects that are producing under the heat of a playoff chase.
Silverman’s notebook has Doug Mirabelli straining a hamstring last night and having to leave the game. Edes’s notebook has Jim Palmer talking about the Red Sox rookie that some have said reminds them of him. Krasner’s notebook has more on Mirabelli’s injury. Goldberg’s notebook has Wakefield’s scoreless streak as well as his decision streak coming to an end last night. Ballou’s notebook has more on Mirabelli and has Daisuke Matsuzaka giving Pedroia his vote for rookie of the year.
Over on Patriots Daily, there is a Roundtable discussion for the season opener this weekend. Rodney Harrison, Richard Seymour, Eric Mangini and predictions for the game are all on the agenda.
Christopher L. Gasper looks at the notion that coaches can out-plan each other, something that doesn’t give full credit to the impact of the players involved. Michael Felger says that the Patriots didn’t have a good August and that the early season schedule is going to provide a big test for a roster that isn’t “locked and loaded.” Ian M.Clark has the Patriots trying to avoid all the hype that comes with being favorites. Dan Pires also has a look at the Patriots handling their role as favorites. Christopher Price says that big expectations don’t faze the Pats.
Karen Guregian looks at the Patriots/Jets matchup this Sunday. Shalise Manza Young says that the teams are familiar foes, but should unveil some new schemes on each other. Rich Garven has Jarvis Green rarin’ to go as a starter with Richard Seymour out. Eric McHugh has more on Green. Tim Weisberg examines the secondary as the biggest question mark heading into the new season. Mark Farinella has Tom Brady catching on with his new receivers.
John Tomase has a mini-feature on Vince Wilfork, who he says might be the best player on the roster not named Tom Brady. Robert Lee has a look at the players elected as captains by the team. David Heuschkel looks at Kevin Faulk wearing a new title this season: Captain. Albert Breer has more on the captain selections by the team. Pires has a Q&A with Mike Vrabel, one of the other captains.
Jeff Horrigan has a look at new punter Chris Hanson and recalls the time he was injured by an axe in the Jaguars locker room. David Brown says that Laurence Maroney and Donte’ Stallworth give the Patriots more personality. Brown looks at Ben Watson as a forgotten man this season. Jeff Howe says that learning the playbook might be harder than you think.
The Globe notebook has the team electing seven captains yesterday. Guregian’a notebook looks at the old men elected as captains. Lee’s notebook observes that playing the Patriots seems to bring out the best in Jets receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles. Breer’ notebook throws up a yellow light on Randy Moss’ availability for Sunday. Garven’s notebook has more on the new captains. Pires’ notebook looks at Harrison’s purchase of HGH.
Steve Bulpett looks at rookie Glen Davis’ two year contract with the team.
David Scott offers up a WEEI fantasy draft.
Mark Blaudschun looks at tomorrow’s Boston College football game against former coach Tom O’Brien.