It wasn’t a great day in the New York area for the local teams, as both the Red Sox and Patriots fell to their counterparts to the south.
John Tomase has the Red Sox letting the Yankees off the hook in the Yankee Stadium finale between the two clubs. Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox suffering one final indignity down in Yankee Stadium. Joe McDonald has Jason Giambi rescuing the Yankees from the sweep. Dom Amore has the Yankees getting the last word in a bit of “poetic justice” at the Stadium.
The bigger news from yesterday was that Josh Beckett has been scratched from his scheduled start tonight, and will be going down to see famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews today to examine his ailing right elbow. Tony Massarotti says that the Red Sox title hopes hang in the balance of this examination. Sean McAdam says that the news on Beckett made a bad day much worse. Benjamin reports that the concern with Beckett is that the elbows is still just not quite 100 percent despite the extra rest. Goldberg says that while the numbness has subsided in the elbow, the discomfort has persisted. Bill Ballou is critical of the Red Sox, asserting that they are taking a credibility hit with their handling of this Beckett matter. Dan Lamothe says that this Beckett situation should scare the bejeezus out of you.
Dan Shaughnessy says that the house of pain got the Sox one last time. Steve Buckley says that this one was truly a throwback game between the two clubs, with an all too familiar outcome. Massarotti points out how it was truly a game of inches yesterday. Jeff Goldberg has the Yankees getting the little breaks yesterday, leading to the win. Garry Brown says that even with the win, the Yankees face an almost impossible road to the postseason.
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Benjamin’s notebook has J.D. Drew and Sean Casey set to see the doctor today about their respective ailments. Tomase’s notebook has the bullpen failing the Red Sox yesterday. Ballou’s notebook says that sticking with Hideki Okajima proved costly to the Red Sox yesterday. McDonald’s notebook has Lester getting a measure of redemption with his strong outing. Goldberg’s notebook has Casey scheduled for an MRI on his neck.
The Patriots once again appeared to put forth a lackluster effort for the most part in their final preseason game. A pair of late touchdown drives from Kevin O’Connell saved the game from being a total disaster for New England.
Mike Reiss says that it is definitely time to bring on the real games. Ian M. Clark says that this preseason has caused Patriots fans to worry. Karen Guregian says that despite the fact that these games don’t mean anything, there has been something very unsettling about this preseason. Mark Farinella says that there was very little redeeming value to this game last night. Douglas Flynn has the Patriots not putting fans fears to rest with their performance. Shalise Manza Young has the play of O’Connell as one of the few highlights from last night.
Christopher L. Gasper says that not much was settled in the battle for the backup QB spot. Pulling double duty (Sox and Pats) John Tomase has the Giants saying that that Patriots don’t have much to worry about, and that they will be fine once the season starts. Farinella says that Kevin O’Connell and Chad Jackson were about the only ones to distinguish themselves for the Patriots. He also looks at whether certain guys did enough last night to secure a roster spot. Flynn looks at shiners and stumblers from last night.
Gasper’s notebook has Brady leading the list of big names who didn’t suit up last night. Guregian’s notebook has Chad Jackson scoring some points with his TD catch. Young’s notebook has Matt Gutierrez hoping he’s done enough to secure a roster spot despite having his least productive outing of the preseason last night.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at Inside The NFL getting a facelift and moving over to Showtime.
Mark Blaudschun has Jeff Jagodzinski a little more relaxed heading into his second season at the helm of the Boston College football team. Steve Conroy has Chris Crane finally getting his chance at QB for the Eagles.