So…pretty slow holiday weekend in the world of Boston sports, huh?
From Rodney Harrison’s HGH suspension to Clay Buchholz pitching a no-hitter, to the Patriots shuffling their roster for opening day this Sunday, there was plenty to keep people talking in the world of sports over the last few days. The Boston Herald and New England Patriots also launched re-designed websites as well.
Last night, Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Red Sox ran out to a 10-1 lead on the Toronto Blue Jays, and it looked as if it was going to be an easy night for Boston. Then Matsuzaka melted down in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays put up eight runs to make it a 10-9 game. The Red Sox eventually added a few more runs and escaped with a 13-10 win at Fenway Park.
The new Herald website was up and down this morning, some links are missing, or might not work properly.
Nick Cafardo says that there is reason to feel uneasy in Red Sox nation, despite the now seven game lead on the Yankees. Steven Krasner has the Red Sox turning an easy win into a difficult one. Mike Anthony has more on the Red Sox nearly blowing a nine run lead. Lenny Megliola has the Sox winning a slugfest at Fenway. Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell and the Red Sox bats working extra hard on Labor day. Ron Chimelis also has the Sox laboring hard on the holiday. Paul Jarvey has the Red Sox pitching taking a holiday in the middle innings.
Steve Buckley has Daisuke Matsuzaka making his own bad luck last night. Daniel Malloy has Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia forming a dangerous duo at the top of the line up for the Red Sox yesterday. Bradford notes that it is never easy for Dice-K, who got the run support last night, but gave it all right back. Jon Couture has Matsuzaka showing all his ups and downs last night. Chimelis notes that the Red Sox are facing a decision on Lowell as the season winds down and he continues to be productive.
Buckley has Tim Wakefield targeting Thursday for a return to the Red Sox rotation. Bradford has Dodgers director of scouting Logan White lamenting that his team didn’t select Buchholz. Joe Haggerty has Mike Lowell putting together a career year…in a contract year. Chad Finn likes the Red Sox rookies.
Cafardo’s notebook has Mike Lowell taking his time in the cleanup spot seriously. Krasner notebook observes that there has been no dropoff in the cleanup spot with Manny Ramirez out and Lowell in. Bradford’s notebook has Curt Schilling suggesting that the Red Sox young pitchers should be able to throw with less restrictions upon them. Chimelis’ notebook has Buchholz’s next start tied to how Wakefield feels. Jarvey’s notebook has Wakefield taking a bullpen session yesterday.
Christopher Price goes Inside Gillette for Patriots Daily, examining the tenure of Patriots long snapper Lonie Paxton. He also has five things to look for this weekend against the Jets.
Mike Reiss has Randy Moss back on the practice field and hoping to play Sunday against the Jets. Mark Farinella has Moss revealing that his absence in camp was due to the Patriots protecting their investment. Dan Pires has more on the return of Moss. David Heuschkel has Moss back in pads, but still questionable for Sunday.
Christopher L. Gasper has coach Bill Belichick remaining vague on the subject of Rodney Harrison’s suspension. Albert Breer has Tory James and Willie Andrews talking about the dangers of performance enhancing drugs and why they have abstained from them. Jennifer Toland has James Sanders ready to step into the starting lineup. Gaspar has the Patriots sending Reche Caldwell packing yesterday, which coincided with Moss’ return to health. Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots pressing on without Harrison. Young also says that Caldwell was simply a victim of numbers.
Gasper’s notebook has Tom Brady feeling the rush to get prepared with his new offensive weapons before Sunday. Farinella’s notebook has James Sanders feeling confident about filling in for Harrison. Toland’s notebook has more on Moss. Young’s notebook has Moss “graduating” from the training room.
Marc J. Spears has Kevin Garnett working out early and often to prepare for his first season with the Celtics.
David Scott has a Dennis and Callahan non-update, a look at the Herald’s new design and media reaction to Harrison.
John Molori looks at Jim Nantz, who has “carved a classy niche in the sportscaster pantheon.”