Leading 4-3 in the eighth inning last night, the Red Sox were unable to finish off a three game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays last night as Troy Glaus hit a solo homer in the inning to tie the game and in the ninth, and Vernon Wells hit a two run blast in the ninth to give the Blue Jays a 6-4 win over Boston.
Jeff Horrigan says that several crucial mistakes led to the Red Sox loss last night. Gordon Edes notes that Hideki Okajima has hit a rough patch at the wrong time for the Red Sox, as his ERA since August is 5.27. Jim Donaldson has a look at the Red Sox not getting the best execution in all aspects of the game last night. Tom Yantz has the Red Sox bullpen failing without Jonathan Papelbon last night. Garry Brown has the Jays just wearing down the Red Sox last night. Bill Doyle has J.D. Drew and the bullpen failing the Red Sox last night.
Tony Massarotti has Curt Schilling pointing to a poor curveball as the worst part of his outing. Lenny Megliola says that Curt Schilling needs to come up with a strong finish to the season. Amalie Benjamin has more on Okajima, who might be just feeling the effect of fatigue…both mental and physical. Paul Kenyon looks at Bryan Corey getting a shot to help out the Red Sox. Rob Bradford has J.D. Drew struggling once more, and the Fenway faithful giving him an earful.
Massarotti makes the case for Jacoby Ellsbury to play every day, even if it means sitting Drew down when Manny Ramirez is ready to play again. Sean McAdam also makes the case that Drew should be the one sitting down when Manny comes back and Ellsbury should remain in the lineup. Bob Stern says that Ellsbury has done just about everything in his brief 11 game Major League career. Alex Speier has more on the recent surge from Ellsbury.
Horrigan’s notebook has both Ramirez and Eric Gagne likely unavailable for this weekend’s series with the Orioles. Edes’ notebook has the Red Sox finally showing some interest in re-signing Mike Lowell, but feel that he may now have priced himself beyond their taste, especially in terms of the length of a new deal. The Projo notebook has Matt Clement taking a step forward in his return. Yantz’s notebook has Ramirez remaining in Boston this weekend to receive further treatment on his strained oblique. Brown’s notebook examines Terry Francona’s decision to rest the hot Dustin Pedroia last night. Doyle’s notebook has Clement still hoping to make an appearance with the Red Sox this season.
Bill Barnwell makes his season debut over at Patriots Daily, and he gives us an exhaustive look at the Patriots success on day two of the draft over the last few years, and compares that with the norms around the league.
The Boston Herald has their Patriots preview today, with more articles than you can shake a stick at, or than I can post here.
The Globe also has something of a preview, but with a more manageable six articles. Christopher L. Gasper examines the challenges that the Patriots face as they open the season as the favorites to win it all. Jackie MacMullan has a look at the Randy Moss experiment here in Foxborough. Mike Reiss has Laurence Maroney needing to prove that he can be the every-down workhorse for the Patriots. Gasper says that bringing new parts together will be Tom Brady’s biggest challenge this season. He also has a look at Adalius Thomas and his move to inside linebacker.
Shalise Manza Young has Pats rookie Kareem Brown talking about his upbringing. David Heuschkel has Jarvis Green ready to fill in for Richard Seymour as the latter is sidelined for at least the first part of the season. Mark Farinella also has a piece on Green ready to step into a larger role. Albert Breer has the Patriots and Jets engaging in a game chess even prior to the opener. Chris Kennedy says that the Patriots need to fill the holes left by Seymour and Rodney Harrison if they want to slow down the running game of the Jets. Ian M. Clark has more on the gaps that the Patriots need to fill on Sunday. John Conceison has Tom Brady locked in on the Jets this week.
Reiss’ notebook says that the Patriots appear pretty healthy for the opener. Jennifer Toland’s notebook has the Jets looking for some inside info from Reche Caldwell and Artrell Hawkins. Farinella’s notebook has Mike Vrabel talking about whether Caldwell could actually give the Jets any useful information.
Kevin Henkin on the BSMW Full Court Press starts a positional series on the Celtics, looking at spots this year as compared to last season.