Not exactly the start they wanted for the second half of the season.
Gordon Edes has the details of yet another late inning bullpen meltdown dooming the Red Sox. Searching for a positive, Michael Silverman points out that no one got hurt for the Red Sox during the series. Sean McAdam has Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox unable to hold on yesterday, and falling to the Angels 5-3. Jeff Goldberg has another road series ending in disaster for the Red Sox.
Dan Shaughnessy says that the Red Sox couldn’t get out of Orange County quick enough last night, and notes that the team has been swept on the road far too many times this season for a World Series defender. Tony Massarotti says that the Red Sox desperately need to find someone who can pitch the eighth inning. Bill Ballou says that the Red Sox have Manny reasons to ditch Ramirez at the end of the season.
Massarotti looks at tonight’s starter, Jon Lester, who should benefit from the extra rest the Red Sox got him around the All Star break. Alex Speier had a profile on Mike Timlin yesterday, who went to the same high school as Mike Stanton, and would like to eclipse the lefty’s number of appearances before he’s done.
Edes’ notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury’s slump forcing Terry Francona to shuffle some things in his lineup. Silverman’s notebook has Justin Masterson being recalled to help out in the bullpen. McAdam’s notebook has Manny Delcarmen once again failing to make the eighth inning his own. Goldberg’s notebook has more on Masterson getting called up.
David Scott has Bob Lobel hitting a new low with his statements on Manny and the Red Sox during a fill in performance on WEEI Friday.
The Open Championship
Jim McCabe reports on Irishman Padraig Harrington winning his second straight British Open Championship, while the story of the weekend, Greg Norman struggled down the stretch yesterday. George Kimball says that with the defense of his title, Harrington confirmed his greatness. McCabe’s notebook has Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els finding silver linings in their disappointing performances. Kimball’s notebook has Englishman Ian Poulter firing up the crowds with his charge yesterday.
The ACC held its Football Kickoff this weekend, and the BC Eagles look to surprise some people this season. The Eagle in Atlanta blog went behind the scenes at media day yesterday, offering some observations and getting some photos of Boston sports media members hard at work.
Mark Blaudschun has the new-look Eagles looking to fill the leadership void left by Matt Ryan. Steven Conroy has the BC defensive line looking to step up this season. Blaudschun’s notebook has senior tight end Ryan Purvis setting his team goals high this season – a BCS Bowl game. Conroy’s notebook has Purvis already very familiar with new QB Chris Crane.
Shalise Manza Young says that Bill Belichick will be concentrating on fine-tuning his team’s focus as the season gets underway. Ian M. Clark looks at the few questions that an 18-1 team can have going into the season. Young looks at a few key positions for the Patriots as camp approaches. Mike Reiss has a snapshot of the cornerback position this morning.