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.
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.