Cash Money

Tim Wakefield (41) and Randy Johnson (44) hooked up last night in a pitching duel for and of the ages at Fenway Park. With the score 2-0 in the eighth inning, catcher Kevin Cash, who had actually been intentionally walked earlier in the game, hit a three run homer of reliever Juan Cruz to give the Red Sox the 5-0 victory.

As the Red Sox reach the halfway point of the season, Jeff Horrigan says things have gone well despite adversity for the Red Sox. Nick Cafardo says Cash is making people forget about Doug Mirabelli. Steven Krasner has Red Sox pitching shutting down the Diamondbacks in different ways last night. Joe Haggerty has Wakefield on top of his game last night. Bob Stern notes the intentional walk to Cash earlier in the night. Paul Doyle examines the contrast in styles between the starters, who share only their longevity. Ron Chimelis has Wakefield looking as good as ever last night. Paul Jarvey has the battle of the aged going to Wake.

Baxter Holmes has a closer look at the matchup between Johnson and Wakefield. Michael Silverman has Wakefield in the middle of one of his patented midseason rolls for the Red Sox. Lenny Megliola has more on the contrast between Wakefield and Johnson. Alex Speier has NASCAR drivers and Red Sox players getting to know each other’s jobs.

Stephen Harris has Cash paying dividends for the Red Sox. Joe McDonald says that Doug is forgotten around these parts. Silverman reports that David Ortiz is still weeks away from a return to the lineup. Haggerty has Ortiz saying that this is not a setback for him.

Despite his share of bad luck this season, Harris has Sean Casey feeling lucky to be with the Red Sox. Terry Nau says that Tampa Bay will continue to provide a bigger threat to the Red Sox than the Yankees do.

Silverman says that Curt Schilling may pitch again.

Kate M. Jackson examines why the Pink Hats are so despised around Boston. Jay Fitzgerald reports on the Red Sox 1912 World Series Trophy Cup going up for auction.

Cafardo’s notebook has David Ortiz feeling that his comeback is going to take a little longer than the two weeks reported yesterday. Horrigan’s notebook has Manny Ramirez getting ready to go back to the outfield this weekend in Houston. The Projo notebook has more on Ortiz.Stern’s notebook says that Ortiz is making progress. Doyle’s notebook has more on Ortiz. Chimelis’ notebook has Ortiz disappointed, yet encouraged. Jarvey’s notebook has Ortiz’s wrist still feeling weak.

Celtics

Marc J. Spears has the Celtics getting the last word on the NBA draft tonight. Bill Reynolds has the inside track on how this draft will fall. Mark Murphy has Danny Ainge keeping a deep pool of possibilities for the 30th pick. Scott Souza says that the Celtics will be looking for some luck late in the draft. Bill Doyle says that the pressure is off of Danny Ainge on this draft night.

Bill Burt says that Gabe Pruitt should be viewed as the Celtics first round draft pick. Tim Weisberg says that there are plenty of options for the Celtics in this draft. Kevin McNamara says that the Celtics will need to do a lot of waiting and hoping tonight. Jeff Howe says that even though there is a lot of uncertainty in this draft, the Celtics have options.

Steve Bulpett notes that without Ainge’s drafting skills, there would have been no championship this past season. He lists out Ainge’s top five picks. Old Buddy Thomas says that this draft has a different feel for the Celtics. Jim Fenton has the Celtics just hoping for the best tonight. Jessica Camerato wonders if Ainge will even draft a player tonight.

Murphy’s notebook has free agency coming up fast for several Celtics. Fenton’s notebook says that P.J. Brown is likely headed for retirement.

Bruins

Steve Conroy has Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli hoping to make a big move this summer. Mick Colageo has more from the Bruins GM on his summer plans. With the Celtics now becoming the third Boston team to win a championship this decade, the message is clear: You’re Up, Chiarelli.

David Brown remembers his friend and colleague, Dan Pires.

Danny Pires 1956-2008

Dan PiresIt is with great sadness that I post about the untimely death of another long time fixture on the Patriots beat.

New Bedford Standard Times writer Dan Pires passed away this morning at the age of 52.

Pires was a friend of BSMW, (as apparently he was of everyone else) often writing in and sharing little tidbits he had picked up from either online, or from Gillette Stadium.

Pires is survived by a wife and two children.

Colleagues of Dan Pires: please feel free to leave your memories of and comments about Dan below.

Approval Ratings – Dave O’Brien

Dave O'BrienDave O’Brien is in his second year alongside Joe Castiglione in the Red Sox radio booth.

O’Brien is another New England native, having grown up in both NH and Massachusetts. He broke into broadcasting in 1990 with the Atlanta Braves, and then was the voice of the Florida Marlins from 1993 to 2001. In 2002 he joined ESPN, where he has had a variety of assignments for the network. During 2003-2005, he was the television voice of the New York Mets.

His arrival in Boston last season was celebrated in some circles simply because it meant the end of the Jerry Trupiano era, but O’Brien quickly became a favorite with his strong presence on the broadcasts. He was still doing a large number of games for ESPN, a number which has shrunk this season, allowing him to be in the Red Sox booth more often.

There have been a couple of recent bios on O’Brien in New Hampshire papers such as the Portsmouth Herald and Nashua Telegraph.

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