Beckett Aces Halladay

Josh Beckett picked up his 17th win of the season as he and his teammates once again got the better of Toronto ace Roy Halladay in a 5-3 Boston win that kept their AL East lead at 7 games.

Jeff Horrigan has Jacoby Ellsbury as the player of the game, as the rookie outfielder was a double away from hitting from the cycle. Paul Jarvey has the new-look Red Sox surging. Amalie Benjamin has more on Ellsbury as the youngster has shown some power the last couple nights in Boston. Sean McAdam has Beckett coming of age this season with the Red Sox. Mike Anthony has more on Beckett outdueling Halladay for the win last night. Garry Brown has Josh Beckett turning in a strong eight inning performance for the win. Joe Haggerty has more on the Sox edging the Jays at Fenway.

Rob Bradford has a look at Beckett, who is comfortable here in Boston and wants the chance to pitch in a World Series for the Red Sox. Gordon Edes also has a look at the strong performance from Beckett, who only made one mistake on the evening. Bradford has Beckett giving credit to Roy Halladay as someone he has tried to imitate over the course of his career. Mike Marzelli looks at “what if” Roger Clemens had joined the Red Sox instead of the Yankees this season.

Edes talks to Jim Robinson, the Red Sox scout who found Clay Buchholz and convinced the organization to draft him. Speier has the Red Sox being very careful with how they handle Buchholz. Joe McDonald has more on Ellsbury, who is making people forget Manny Ramirez. OK, not really. Lenny Megliola looks at the young kids giving us a snapshot of the future for Fenway Park. Alex Speier has an old-timer, Curt Schilling, trying to reinvent his game. Horrigan notes that Jonathan Papelbon pitched for the third day in a row for the first time this season.

Horrigan’s notebook has Clay Buchholz heading down to the bullpen in an effort to keep his innings down. The Globe notebook has more on Buchholz heading to the ‘pen. McAdam’s notebook also looks at Buchholz’s new role out of the bullpen. Anthony’s notebook has Tim Wakefield set to start tomorrow against the Orioles. Megliola’s notebook has Brandon Moss talking about life with the big club. Brown’s notebook has still more on Buchholz heading to the bullpen. Jarvey’s notebook observes that Buchholz won’t get a chance to be another Johnny Vander Meer.

Patriots
Over on Patriots Daily, Dan Snapp notes that this team has something for just about every type of fan out there. There’s also a section on the site which brings you Jets/Patriots stories from the other side automatically.

Bob Hohler reports that Rodney Harrison didn’t even attempt to disguise his name or address when he purchased HGH.

Karen Guregian has a look at Patriots/Jets, a rivalry which will be on center stage this weekend. Paul Kenyon looks at the Patriots going with a pair of Matts to back up Tom Brady. Glen Farley has Randy Moss ready to get out there “with the boys.” Sarah Green lost her zeal for the upcoming season with the news about Harrison. Mark Farinella finds one area in which Eric Mangini has an edge over Bill Belichick.

David Heuschkel, in his Patriots preview, notes that the team appears to have talent to spare. He also does a position-by-position breakdown and has Five Questions surrounding the team heading into opening day. Fluto Shinzawa has running back Thomas Jones looking ready to rejoin the Jets in time for the season opener on Sunday. Reiss’s notebook has a look at the mind games which are part of the modern NFL.

Other
Mark Blaudschun looks at former BC head coach Tom O’Brien coming back to face his former team for the first time this weekend. Steve Conroy has more with the former Eagles coach. Blaudschun’s notebook has BC filing an appeal on behalf of senior defensive tackle B.J. Raji in an effort to allow him to play after having been declared academically ineligible.

Frank Dell’Apa has the Revolution advancing to the finals of the US Open Cup with a 2-1 win over Carolina last night. Kyle McCarthy and Tom Puleo have more on the win for New England.

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