Clay Crumbles One Last Time

The Red Sox were pounded by the Orioles last night, 11-6 in Baltimore.

Amalie Benjamin has Clay Buchholz headed for AA after his latest poor outing. Jeff Horrigan has Buchholz collapsing again in embarrassing fashion, resulting in his demotion. Joe McDonald asserts that someday, this season will all be just a blur for Buchholz. Jeff Goldberg says that with the Red Sox in a playoff race, at some point reality had to trump potential when it came to Buchholz. Bill Ballou says that because of the way Buchholz handled the demotion, there may be hope for him yet.

Tony Massarotti examines whether the Red Sox can rebuild Buchholz down in the minors. Nick Cafardo has Julio Lugo suffering a setback in his attempt to return from his quad injury, with Jed Lowrie playing so well in Lugo’s absence, Cafardo wonders if we’ve seen the last of Lugo in a Red Sox uniform. The Herald also has a quick note about how Lugo reinjured his left quadriceps running sprints yesterday.

Ron Chimelis says that the Red Sox hopes for the post season rest with Josh Beckett. Rob Bradford agrees that Beckett’s health is a must for the Red Sox. Massarotti says Beckett will throw a side session tomorrow after feeling numbness and tingling in his arm earlier this week.

Joe Haggerty has pitching prospect Daniel Bard making progress in his second year in the organization. Buddy Thomas examines the AL MVP race. Jim Donaldson looks at how Carl Yastrzemski almost single-handedly revived baseball in Boston back in 1967. Alex Speier wonders if we’ll ever see a player spend his entire 20+ year career with the Red Sox again, as Yaz did.

Benjamin’s notebook has Francona believing that Beckett will be ready to go on Tuesday. Horrigan’s notebook examines whether Francona ruined the season of Orioles closer George Sherrill by using him for two innings in the All Star game. McDonald’s notebook also says that Beckett could be back in time for the Yankees series next week. Goldberg’s notebook has Tim Wakefield able to throw without pain yesterday. Ballou’s notebook has Beckett ready to start throwing again.

Patriots

Over on Patriots Daily, we’ve got the debut of a new column, The Turning Point, by Tyler Carter.

Mark Farinella looks at the mutual admiration society between veteran safeties John Lynch and Rodney Harrison. Douglas Flynn has Lynch learning the Patriot way in his first camp with New England. Rich Garven has the Patriots putting twin terrors in the secondary with the teaming of Lynch and Harrison. Eric McHugh has Lynch talking about the first time he saw Tom Brady and how far the QB has come since then.

Michael Vega has tight end David Thomas hoping to stay healthy and productive this season. Karen Guregian says that the Patriots run defense needs to hold its ground, or it will be a target of opponents all season long. David Brown has Ellis Hobbs not wishing to look back at the Super Bowl, but instead to remain focus on the present and future. Shalise Manza Young has rookie cornerback Jonathan Wilhite putting his time on the sidelines while he was injured to good use.

Steve Buckley has Bill Belichick not wishing to talk about the possibility of the NFL expanding the schedule to 17 or 18 games. With Matt Light still out with an injury, Young has a look at Wesley Britt, who has been playing in Light’s spot this preseason with the all-important job of keeping the QB healthy. McHugh has a look at Asante Samuel returning to Foxboro tomorrow night. Guregian has more on the Samuel visit.

The Globe notebook looks at Brady’s return to practice, without any wrap on his foot. Guregian’s notebook says that we might see Lynch and Harrison on the field together at times this season. Farinella
s notebook
has Belichick seeing value in preseason games and not wishing to lose those with an expanded schedule. Flynn’s notebook has the Patriots looking forward to seeing Samuel tomorrow night. Garven’s notebook says that Ellis Hobbs may just stick to cornerback this season and not do kick returns in addition. Brown’s notebook has more reaction from the Patriots on seeing Samuel tomorrow night.

Misc

Bob Ryan has Lisa Leslie shooting for her fourth gold medal as the Queen mother of women’s basketball. Marc J. Spears has Kobe Bryant leading a mens basketball team that is looking unstoppable right now.

Mark Blaudschun has junior cornerback Mark Maglio, a walk-on who is Boston College’s version of “Rudy,” being rewarded with a scholarship. Steve Conroy has linebacker Mark Herzlich compiling a pretty good resume for the NFL. Eric Avidon says that defense looks to be the stronger unit for BC this season.

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