Sox Roar Back In The Eighth

Trailing 4-1 in the eighth inning, the Red Sox slumping offense suddenly erupted for four runs, giving Boston a 5-4 lead, which Jonathan Papelbon closed out in the ninth for the win over the Red Sox first ever win over the Diamondbacks at Fenway Park.

Nick Cafardo has Jason Varitek, who was in the biggest slump of all, providing the key hit in the eighth. Michael Silverman has things finally getting back into order for the Red Sox last night. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox veterans coming through in the clutch last night. Jeff Goldberg reports on the Red Sox finally breaking through after being stymied by Doug Davis for seven innings. Eric Avidon has the Sox with a post-Neil Diamond comeback last night. Ron Chimelis has more on the eighth inning rally. Paul Jarvey and Joe Haggerty wrap up the game stories.

Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell campaigning for the Red Sox to get Varitek signed to a new contract. Sean McAdam says that perhaps the big hit last night will help Varitek get back on track. Alex Speier examines the defensive play of the outfield since Crisp, Ellsbury and Drew have been playing most of the time together out there. Mike Fine notes that the heroes of last night’s game had very different perspectives on the win.

If Curt Schilling’s career with the Red Sox is over, Lenny Megliola has no regrets. Bill Burt pleads with Schilling to just hang it up. Stephen Harris has Chris Smith picking up his first major league win last night. Maureen Mullen has more on the 27-year-old Smith finally getting that first win in the majors after being drafted in 2002 by the Red Sox. Barbara Matson also has Smith savoring that first victory.

Steven Krasner has Mike Lowell spoiling the Diamondbacks’ strategy last night. Haggerty has another look at the Drew brothers. Krasner also has Justin Masterson struggling a bit last night.

Bradford also has Manny Ramirez‘s high five to a fan in the stands in Baltimore paying off with an All Star vote – just as he wanted. McAdam has a report on the blurred vision being suffered by Kevin Youkilis after getting hit in the face with a throw Monday night. Krasner has Sean Casey lamenting the bad timing of his suspension. McAdam reports that David Ortiz is two weeks away from returning to the lineup. Krasner has a look at the stuff of Doug Davis, the Arizona starter.

Christine McConville has Red Sox owner John Henry receiving an Ernst & Young master entrepreneur award.

Silverman’s notebook has an update on Youkilis. Cafardo’s notebook has Terry Francona praising the effort of Justin Masterson last night. The Projo notebook has more on Smith picking up the win. Goldberg’s notebook has Youkilis making an appearance at first base in the ninth. Chimelis’ notebook has more on Youkilis returning to the field in the ninth inning. Jarvey’s notebook has Youkilis already on the mend.


Kevin Paul Dupont and Steve Conroy have the Bruins signing defenseman Mark Stuart to a two-year extension. Douglas Flynn also reports on the signing, as well as the Bruins acquiring blueliner Jonny Boychuk from the Avalanche yesterday.

Julian Benbow has UMass guard Gary Forbes hoping to hear his named called during tomorrow night’s NBA draft. Jim Fenton says that last year’s draft is a distant memory for the Celtics. Rich Thompson has more on Hall of Famer John Havlicek, who was honored at The Tradition last night.

Mark Farinella has more tidbits from Tedy Bruschi and a number of other thoughts.

Mike Loftus looks at the upcoming NASCAR weekend up in New Hampshire. Baxter Holmes has Martin Truex Jr trying to become the new face of Dale Earnhardt Inc. after Dale Earnhardt Jr left the team last year.

WBZ-TV has posted on their website the legendary Sports Final show which featured Larry Bird, Bobby Orr and Ted Williams.

Approval Ratings – Gil Santos

Gil SantosWe’re only about a month away from the start of Patriots training camp, which means that the still-strong pipes of Gil Santos will be heard on a weekly basis soon thereafter on the WBCN Patriots Rock Radio network…

Of course, you can catch Gil on a daily basis at his day job over in the mornings at WBZ Radio 1030, where he does the sports updates at :15 and :45 past each hour.

Santos first called Patriots games on the radio in 1966, and despite a 10-year absence between 1980 and 1990, he is the longest-serving current announcer in the NFL. His eyes may betray him at times in the booth, but the voice remains steady and strong.

During the 1980’s he did some Celtics games on TV alongside Bob Cousy for channel 56. He also did 16 years of Boston College football, 13 on the radio and 3 on television. Some of the honors he’s received in his career include a New England Emmy in 1978 for Boston College vs. Stanford Play-by-Play, four Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year Awards, 25 Associated Press Best Massachusetts Play-by-Play Awards, four United Press International Tom Phillips Awards for Best Sports Coverage for the Boston Marathon, a UPI Best New England Sportscaster Award, and two UPI National Awards for Best Play-by-Play and Sports Reading. He was inducted into The Sports Museum Hall of Fame in 2004 with a Legacy Award.




Sox Offense Sputters Against Haren

The Red Sox got a strong outing from Josh Beckett, but couldn’t solve Dan Haren, who held Boston to two hits over seven innings last night in a 2-1 Arizona win at Fenway Park.

Amalie Benjamin has the Sox dealing with their share of bad luck last night, including an injury to Kevin Youkilis on a night that Sean Casey began his suspension. With the inexperienced Brandon Moss at first base, a grounder to first was mishandled by Moss, allowing the second Diamondback run to score. Michael Silverman has more on the rough night for Beckett and the Red Sox, with Beckett getting a little sarcastic after seeing a TV report on the game. Steven Krasner has last night’s game turning in the seventh inning. Joe Haggerty reports on a pitching duel at Fenway Park last night. Jeff Goldberg has the Diamondbacks extending their undefeated record at Fenway Park. Maureen Mullen and Paul Jarvey also have Beckett taking the hard-luck loss last night.

Dan Shaughnessy needs to get a few words in on his arch-enemy Curt Schilling. He admits it won’t be as fun to cover the Red Sox without Schilling around to trade barbs with. Rob Bradford reports on Schilling’s surgery, and says that the shoulder wasn’t as bad as it was feared that it might be, and a comeback is not out of the question. Goldberg has more on the successful surgery for Schilling. Steve Buckley has Randy Johnson hoping that his former teammate will be able to come back and pitch again. Brendan McGair has former teammate Ken Ryan reflecting on Schilling. Haggerty says that the Big Schill may not be quite ready to ride off into the sunset..

Sean McAdam writes that a number 2 starter might be on top of the Red Sox shopping list this summer. He mentions C.C. Sabathia, Erik Bedard, Rich Harden and A.J. Burnett as possibilities. Baxter Holmes has Beckett giving the Red Sox eight strong innings last night, and letting the bullpen rest up. Steve Buckley reports on the black eye that bounced Kevin Youkilis from the game last night. Bob Stern has more on the black eye for Youkilis. Mike Fine says that the Red Sox just need to get healthy right now. Mike Petraglia says that Terry Francona is going to have some tough decisions to make as All Star manager.

Alex Speier has a look at the production that the Red Sox have gotten from J.D. Drew since the injury to David Ortiz. Ron Chimelis says that Drew has been a silent standout for the Sox this year. Lenny Megliola has a look at the Drew boys, J.D. and Stephen. Jarvey says that it was a draw for the Drew brothers last night.

Stephen Harris has a look at the performance of Haren, who was dominant last night.Harris also has a look at former Red Sox pitcher Brandon Lyon, who has settled in nicely to the closer role with the Diamondbacks.

Laurel J. Sweet reports on an encounter that an eight-year-old boy had with Manny Ramirez in a Whole Foods Market recently.

Benjamin’s notebook says that Schilling could be throwing by January. Silverman’s notebook has Coco Crisp awaiting word on the appeal of his suspension, and notes the low-key similarities between the Drew brothers. Joe McDonald’s notebook has more on Schilling’s surgery. Goldberg’s notebook reports on the injury to Youkilis. Stern’s notebook has Jason Varitek breaking his slump last night. Jarvey’s notebook has more on Lowell knocking Youkilis out of the game with a throw.


Eric McHugh says that strong drafting has helped the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics all become Champions.

Rachel Dolin has the Sports Museum honoring Irving Fryar and John Havlicek. Rich Thompson has more on the Tradition ceremony tonight.

Marc J. Spears has no Celtics on Team USA, but has the selection committee keeping an eye on Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins for the future, and inviting them to scrimmage against the national team.

Mark Farinella and David Heuschkel have Tedy Bruschi teeing it up for charity.