Big Apple Bites Back at Boston

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.

Michael Vega has a great effort by Jon Lester spoiled by the bullpen yesterday. Buckley has Lester returning to form yesterday after his rough start in Toronto the last time out.

Marty Dobrow‘s minor league notebook looks at who might get a September callup from the Red Sox. Terry Nau points out how the Pawtucket and Scranton teams mirror their parent clubs.

Check the view from New York in the New York Papers.

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.

Patriots

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.

Chris Warner has the analysis on Patriots Daily, including some roster battles that the coaches will be looking at. Christopher Price has his usual 10 Things We Learned Last Night.

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.

Check out more PatriotsLinks and GiantsLinks from around the web.

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.

Misc

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.

Jay Mariotti Coming To Boston? (Updated)

Please, no.

Chicago columnist Jay Mariotti abruptly resigned his position with the Chicago Sun-Times this week, to “pursue other opportunities.” At the same time, he proclaimed newspapers a dying industry and stated that sportswriting has become “entirely a Web site business.” (Which he might be correct about.)

This morning, Chicago Tribune media columnist Phil Rosenthal ended his column on Mariotti with the following chilling passage:

One rumor on which Mariotti would not comment had him bound for Boston and an array of multimedia opportunities. How he would find flaws in a city with defending champs in basketball and baseball is anyone’s guess.

“An array of multimedia opportunities” – where would he get those? WEEI.com? (BSMW colleague David Scott has already gotten a denial from an Entercom source) Boston.com? They just hired Tony Massarotti to be “the voice of Boston sports on Boston.com.” The Boston Herald to replace Massarotti? That’s a newspaper…a dying industry. A revamped ESPN Boston? Doubtful.

An emailer to BSMW yesterday also stated that Mariotti was dropping hints about Boston his radio show yesterday. I did not hear the clips, so I cannot verify them, but it seems worth mentioning, especially given the content of the Rosenthal column today.

I really hope this does not happen. Marriotti symbolizes pretty much everything that is wrong with the sports media business right now. He’s all about faux controversy, storylines and manufactured outrage. We’ve got enough of that right now in this town.

Update (1:45pm): Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald  has Mariotti saying that he hasn’t talked to anyone about coming to Boston, but that he “would fit right in” here.

Pedroia, Sox Slam Yanks

Amalie Benjamin has the Red Sox putting another nail in the coffin for the Yankees, who see their postseason hopes slipping away by the day. Joe McDonald has the Sox newcomers playing a big role in the win last night. John Tomase says that the Yankees are done. Dom Amore has the Yankees not even putting up a fight last night. Bill Ballou has the Sox cautious to still not count the Yankees out just yet. Jason Dachman has the Sox crushing the Yankees last hopes in one explosive inning.

Sean McAdam says that the deal for Mark Kotsay shows once again the front office’s commitment to always trying to help and improve their team. Tony Massarotti agrees, and examines how Theo Epstein has displayed the golden touch once again this season with the moves that he has made.  Benjamin has Kotsay arriving on a rescue mission for the Sox. Massarotti says Kotsay has been described as everything from a gamer to a grinder – you know, a dirt dog.

You get the feeling that Dan Shaughnessy feels bad for the Yankees in his column today. Ron Chimelis says that this afternoon will be history in the making at the old stadium. Jeff Goldberg has Jason Bay explaining how all his games with his new team have been Red Sox/Yankees-like,

Michael Vega has Dustin Pedroia slamming the doors shut last night on the Yankees hopes. Buckley has more on the first career grand slam for the Red Sox second baseman. Master of the obvious, Shaughnessy tells us that the Red Sox really need Josh Beckett for the postseason. Steve Buckley agrees, and applauds the Sox for not messing with Beckett’s health. Rob Bradford looks at the long standing relationship that Beckett has with Dr James Andrews. McAdam says that Paul Byrd has already fit in well with the Red Sox.

McAdam reports that the potential move of spring training sites for the Red Sox from Ft Myers to Sarasota is gaining momentum.

Check out the stories from New York in the New York Sports Pages.

Benjamin’s notebook has Byrd being targeted with a laser pointer all night long from a Yankees fan. McDonald’s notebook says that Kotsay’s arrival may cut into Coco Crisp’s playing time. Tomase’s notebook has a look at the ties between Kotsay and Red Sox owner John Henry. Goldberg’s notebook has Beckett on schedule for his Friday start. Ballou’s notebook has more on Kotsay and Beckett. Dachman’s notebook has a look at Kotsay’s arrival.

Patriots

The Patriots and Giants wrap up the preseason tonight. Another Patriots Daily newbie, Britt Schramm has a preview.

Christopher Price lines up five things to look for tonight. Mike Reiss has six areas to watch tonight. Karen Guregian selects five things to watch. Shalise Manza Young has six more things you might want to check out tonight.

Christopher L. Gasper says that this year’s rookie crop has shined, contrasting last year’s class,  of which only Brandon Meriweather made any impact. Mark Farinella says that tonight is far from a Super Bowl rematch. Douglas Flynn tells us that this meeting with the Giants does have meaning, however. Rich Garven has a look at those trying to make a good showing tonight.

I haven’t learned anything from this Patriots training camp.

Gasper’s notebook says that tonight is a last opportunity for many players. Guregian’s notebook has rookie Terrence Wheatley getting up to speed on NFL life. Young’s notebook explores which bubble players might step into the spotlight tonight.