It was a good night all around for the Red Sox at Fenway Park has night as Manny Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis both saw action, Curt Schilling was impressive in the 7-3 Boston win, and the Yankees also lost in extra innings down in Tampa. This means the magic number for the AL East is now at three.
Michael Silverman has the story of a “thrilling night at Fenway” which saw Eric Gagne befuddled by a huge cheer after he delivered a strike. The crowd wasn’t being sarcastic towards Gagne, but rather the scoreboard had just been changed to reflect the Devil Rays taking the lead on the Yankees. Amalie Benjamin has more on a night in which things couldn’t have gone much better for the Red Sox. Steven Krasner says that last night was another step in the transformation of Schilling as a pitcher. Jeff Goldberg says that the Sox got a boost from Manny’s bat, but also from how the A’s bats did against Schilling. Garry Brown has Schilling stepping up for the Sox. Paul Jarvey says that Schilling’s return to form was the big story for Boston last night.
Tony Massarotti says that Schilling’s performance last night should’ve earned him the number two slot in the postseason rotation behind Josh Beckett. Dan Shaughnessy has a look at the return of Ramirez, who he says could fall out of bed and go up and get a hit. Sean McAdam says that everything seems to be rounding into shape for the Red Sox. Massarotti also has a piece on Manny getting back to work last night at Fenway. Lenny Megliola looks at Schilling entering a new world. Mark Farinella remembers back 40 years to the impossible dream season.
Jon Couture has no interest in the Red Sox off the field, he doesn’t watch Sox Appeal, and is turned off by the “President of Red Sox Nation” campaign. Alex Speier says that the Red Sox still have a lot to settle this week as they prepare for the postseason. Joe Haggerty has Theo Epstein hoping that Eric Gagne can replicate what Scott Williamson did in 2003. Silverman has the Lugo brothers facing off in the big leagues for the first time. Kevin Gray looks at New Hampshire native Neal Huntington being named GM of the Pirates. Sarah Green plays Star Trek with the Sox entering the final week of the season.
Silverman’s notebook has a look at Kevin Youkilis, who made a pinch hitting appearance in the fifth inning last night. Benjamin’s notebook says that there is room to flip Schilling and Daisuke Matsuzaka in the postseason rotation. Krasner’s notebook has John Farrell reporting that Hideki Okajima looked “crisp” in a bullpen session yesterday. Goldberg’s notebook has a look at Lugo vs Lugo last night. Brown’s notebook looks at the return of Manny to the lineup. Jarvey has more on Manny getting into the lineup, hitting 2nd last night.
Dan Snapp on Patriots Daily has a look at Randy Moss’ hot start with the Patriots, and looks at what Bill Belichick had tried to do in the past to defend against him.
Mike Reiss has a look at the Patriots inside linebacker rotation of Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau, a situation that is getting the best out of both players. The other insider linebacker, Adalius Thomas, is the subject of a Karen Guregian piece this morning, as she examines the impact that the free agent prize has had on the defense thus far. She also writes about the time Thomas took on Bengals wideout Chad Johnson in single coverage.
Mark Farinella reports that the Patriots might be playing a “home” game in Edmonton against the Broncos next season. Shalise Manza Young has Bill Belichick attempting to calm the masses about the success of his team thus far. Megliola says that Brady and Moss are in perfect synchronicity thus far this season. Rich Garven says that the Patriots are a potent team, but not a perfect one.
Reiss’s notebook has more on the chemistry between Randy Moss and Tom Brady.
Kevin Paul Dupont and Stephen Harris look at the Bruins naming Cam Neely a vice president and with the move, Neely becoming the face of the organization. Douglas Flynn looks at the club bringing the biggest and baddest Bruin of them all back to a leadership role with the team. Mick Colageo has Neely ready to get started, and noting that he hasn’t been happy with the results that the Bruins have put up over the last several years.
Rich Thompson looks at the potent combo of left winger Marco Sturm and center Patrice Bergeron, which could get even better this season. Bud Barth has a look at Phil Kessel, who seems to have grown up and matured overnight.
Thompson’s notebook has Jeremy Jacobs saying that he is done making changes to the front office. Dupont’s notebook has prized goaltending prospect Tuukka Rask being sent down to Providence. Barth’s notebook has more on the demotions to Providence.