After being swept down in Anaheim by the Angels, the Red Sox returned the favor on the Seattle Mariners, finishing off a three game sweep with a 6-3, 12 inning win at Safeco Field.
Gordon Edes has the Sox putting in a long days work to finish the job. Michael Silverman has the Sox bullpen finally writing a happy ending in a game. Sean McAdam says that maybe, just maybe, the Red Sox have turned the corner. Jeff Goldberg has the Sox ending the trip on a strong note.
Dan Shaughnessy says now the true pennant race can begin on Friday at Fenway Park. Tony Massarotti says that while the bullpen finally came through yesterday, will it hold up, or do the Sox need to make changes?
Kevin Cullen lectures us on the premise that it is time to retire the “Yankees Suck” chant. I’m pretty sure the media coverage of Manny has officially jumped the shark this week. Massarotti has Mike Lowell coming up with the big hit yesterday. Rob Bradford has David Ortiz’s wrist feeling good, and the slugger ready to rejoin the big club. Dan Hickling has Ortiz finished with his rehab, and ready to help the Red Sox.
Edes’ notebook reports on Manny’s injury. Silverman’s notebook also reports on Manny’s mystery injury. McAdam’s notebook has more on Ortiz ready to rejoin the Sox. Goldberg’s notebook has Justin Masterson passing his first bullpen test.
On Patriots Daily, Dan Snapp looks at the Patriots reconstruction of their linebacking corps during the offseason.
Bill Burt scores an exclusive interview with Bill Belichick, exploring such topics as the Super Bowl hangover, his relationship with Robert Kraft and a number of other items. Christopher L. Gasper examines how well Bill Belichick uses training camp to prepare his team for the rigors and situations of the NFL regular season. Karen Guregian highlights six main issues facing the Patriots as camp begins. Shalise Manza Young says that the Patriots start camp today with an attitude of having unfinished business to take care of.
Mark Farinella looks at the Patriots defense, which he says is still a work in progress. Young assesses the safety and linebacker positions for the defense. David Brown comes up with a day-by-day review of the offseason for the Patriots. Christopher Price has the Patriots getting back to work this morning at Gillette. Eric McHugh has more of the issues and questions facing the defending AFC Champs.
From this morning’s Reiss’ Pieces blog, Gasper reports that the Patriots have signed first round pick Jerod Mayo. This changes the information in the notebook items below….
Frank Dell’Apa has a newly re-signed and healthy Tony Allen hoping to land a larger role with the Celtics next season. Rich Thompson says that Allen’s health was key to the new deal. Lenny Megliola has the Celtics brass enjoying the fruits of their success.