The Red Sox uncorked a modern record tying six wild pitches last night, but ultimately it wasn’t the reason for their 4-2 loss to the Twins, giving up 13 hits and five walks was probably more responsible.
Amalie Benjamin has a look at the wild night behind the plate for George Kottaras, who at times had to play the role of a hockey goalie. Michael Silverman has Daisuke Matsuzaka leading the charge with four wild pitches and sinking to 0-3 on the season. Daniel Barbarisi has the entire Red Sox staff getting Rick Ankiel disease.
Nick Cafardo says that Kottaras should not be blamed for the loss. Michael Silverman says that catching Tim Wakefield is easy compared to what Kottaras had to deal with last night. Barbarisi has the Kottaras-Matsuzaka battery setting records it would rather avoid last night.
Buddy Thomas says that David Ortiz might only cease to be a problem for the Red Sox when it is too late. McAdam also examines Jon Lester’s struggles. Barbarisi has Jacoby Ellsbury extending his hitting streak to 22 games. Mike Petraglia takes the reigns on fivethings.com aka weei.com.
Benjamin’s notebook has Jason Bay set to get a day off today. Silverman’s notebook has Jason Bay’s multi-run homer streak coming to an end. Barbarisi’s Red Sox journal has Kottaras with his hands full with Dice-K.
All eyes will be on Foxboro today as the media gets a glimpse of Tom Brady and the Patriots taking part in their OTA’s.
Karen Guregian and John Tomase say that all eyes will be on Brady today. Mike Reiss wonders if Vince Wilfork will be in attendance, or if the massive nose tackle will sit out as a message in his (non-existent) contract talks with the Patriots. Reiss also says Brady will be the focus today.
Mark Farinella has the Patriots signing linebacker Paris Lenon. Christopher Price has more on Lenon. Rich Garven has backup QB Kevin O’Connell getting himself prepared to be Brady’s # 2. Adam Smartschan has five keys to the 2009 Patriots.
Michael Felger has his latest mailbag.