Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon combined for the shutout last night, as the Sox finally picked up a road win, 4-0 over the lowly Seattle Mariners.
Gordon Edes has Lester stepping up his game in front of his home town fans – a place he had struggled at in the past. Michael Silverman has Jason Varitek providing all the offense Lester would need, with his two run homer. Sean McAdam looks at Lester benefiting from the offense of the bottom two spots in the batting order. Jeff Goldberg has Lester finally pitching well near home.
Dan Shaughnessy is ready to anoint Dustin Pedroia as the new Pete Rose – without the betting slips. Tony Massarotti taps relief pitching as the reason that the Red Sox have struggled so mightily on the road this season, and believes it could hold them back from defending their title. McAdam says that the Red Sox are likely not going to reach for help in the bullpen before the trading deadline.
Silverman examines the struggles of Jacoby Ellsbury and how it impacts the entire offense. Joe Haggerty believes that Hideki Okajima may have gotten his groove back. Massarotti looks at Jonathan Papelbon going a season high five outs to get the save for Lester last night.
Dan Hickling reports on another productive night for David Ortiz in the minors, this time for AA Portland. Bill Burt has Ortiz outshining John McCain in Maine last night. Jarrod Ulrey has Michael Bowden struggling in his first AAA start.
Edes’ notebook reports that Jason Varitek recently played through a severe eye infection. Silverman’s notebook has Ortiz on track for a Friday return against the Yankees. McAdam’s notebook has the Sox sticking with Ellsbury despite his slump. Goldberg’s notebook has Ellsbury hitting the rookie wall.
Rich Thompson and Frank Dell’Apa report on Eddie House and Tony Allen agreeing to new two year contracts with the Celtics. Tim Weisberg says that these signings show that the Celtics are serious about winning another title. Scott Souza has the loss of James Posey as the key to getting House and Allen re-signed. Jeff Howe says that these signings were a surprising twist in a pretty ho-hum offseason.
Scott Benson has a look at the second quarter of the Patriots schedule over on Patriots Daily.
Shalise Manza Young has a look at the wide receivers and offensive line positions for the Patriots. Mike Reiss has Jason Webster looking to grab a key role in the Patriots secondary this season. Young also reports on the Patriots signing two rookies, including QB Kevin O’Connell and two free agents yesterday. Eric McHugh looks at training camp stories from around the NFL.