Lester is Too Much For O’s

Jon Lester continued his career dominance of the Baltimore Orioles, pitching seven shutout innings last night to lead the Red Sox to a 4-0 win. Lester is now 8-0 lifetime against Baltimore. J.D. Drew keyed the offense from the leadoff spot with three hits, including a home run, and Jonathan Papelbon tied the Red Sox career mark for saves with the 132nd of his career, putting him even with Bob Stanley in the record books.

Amalie Benjamin has Terry Francona’s decision to flip Drew and Dustin Pedroia in the lineup paying off. Sean McAdam has the Red Sox making Francona’s job look easy last night. Joe McDonald has the Sox wasting no time settling back into the American League.

Alex Speier has J.D. Drew the perfect leading man for the Sox right now. Steve Buckley has Drew looking at home in the leadoff spot. Adam Kilgore has a look at Jon Lester settling into a groove on the mound. Brian MacPherson has Kevin Youkilis OK with playing third base when Mike Lowell is out. Joe Haggerty has George Kottaras adjusting to life in the big leagues as Tim Wakefield’s personal catcher.

Lenny Megliola wonders what will become of Pedro Martinez. Rob Bradford has Mike Lowell optimistic after his shot yesterday. McDonald has Papelbon tying the Red Sox’ saves record. Buckley has Papelbon gushing over Mariano Rivera.

Benjamin’s notebook has Papelbon talking about tying the Red Sox record. McAdam’s notebook has an update on Mike Lowell’s status, who could return to the lineup Friday, or possibly go on the DL. McDonald’s notebook has more on the lineup change.

Celtics

Gerry Callahan says that the balance of power is shifting in the Eastern Conference and Danny Ainge must deal with the changing landscape. Jim Fenton has the Celtics set to do some shopping in free agency. Frank Dell’Apa and Marc J. Spears have Ainge saying that Glen “Big Baby’ Davis will be tendered a qualifying offer, allowing the Celtics to match any deal he signs elsewhere.

Mark Murphy has Ainge on hand to annouce the Celtics affiliation with the new Maine Red Claws of the NBDL. Murphy says Eddie House might test the free agent waters.

Bruins/Misc

Stephen Harris says things might be quiet for the start of NHL free agency. Kevin Paul Dupont examines how the Bruins proposed trade of Phil Kessel fell apart due to poor communication on draft day.

Chris Warner on Patriots Daily has a look at the top half-dozen pairings of the Belichick era.  

Check Fang’s Bites for Tuesday’s Viewing Picks.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-06-29

Vote: All Time Boston Sports Columnists

So last week, I had you weigh in on who your favorite all-time Boston sports columnists were. I enjoyed reading through many of the comments, and received several emails from others who enjoyed reading some names they hadn’t seen in a long time.

So from the comments, along with a number of emails I received, I’ve put together this list for you to vote on.

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If you’re so inclined, you can also put them in order, or at least the top five, in your comments below.

Sox Can’t Get The Sweep vs Braves

The Red Sox offense was shut down by rookie pitcher Tommy Hanson, who limited the Red Sox to two hits in his six innings of work in the Braves 2-1 victory over the Red Sox. The win helped Atlanta avoid being swept by the Red Sox on their home field.

Amalie Benjamin has the Sox once again unable to close out a series with a sweep. Sean McAdam has a combination of the searing heat and Hanson’s pitching proving to be too much for the Sox. Joe McDonald has the Sox happy to put interleague play behind them.

Check RedSoxLinks.com for more national and regional coverage.

Steve Buckley looks at another good start from Brad Penny, but one that once again did not result in a win. McDonald has Penny getting an early scare yesterday, but recovering to post another sharp performance. He also has the Sox impressed with Penny opposite on the mound yesterday, Tommy Hanson.

Tony Massarotti has the Red Sox saying good riddance to National League rules for another regular season. Buckley has another interleague festival coming to an end for the Sox. Adam Smartschan has the AL once again coming out on top in interleague play.

McDonald has Lowell scheduled to get a Synvisc injection into his hip today. Peter Gobis has Jed Lowrie suffering a minor setback in his rehab at Pawtucket. Sarah Green examines her All Star ballot.

Benjamin’s notebook has Penny’s thumb tendon popping out of place for an instant yesterday. McAdam’s notebook has Mike Lowell set to get an injection in his hip today.

Misc

Fluto Shinzawa reports on 19-year-old Joey Logano scoring his first Sprint Cup win yesterday’s Lenox Industrial Tools 301 in Loudon NH. Rich Thompson says that the rookie’s effort was one for the ages. Allen Lessels has the rain helping the teenage to the win. Jason Remillard has more on the win for Logano.

Kevin Provencher had double the fun at Loudon this weekend. Ben Collins says Ryan Newman could’ve used a little luck yesterday. Remillard has drivers using social networking to connect with fans.

Thompson’s notebook has Kyle Busch creating some enemies on the track yesterday. Julian Benbow has more on other racers blaming Busch for the wreck yesterday. Shinzawa’s notebook says the weekend wasn’t a total loss for Tony Stewart. Provencher’s notebook has Logano getting the right weather forecast.

Mike Loftus has the Bruins pleased with their draft results. Steve Conroy has Peter Chiarelli now turning his attention to the salary cap.

Check Fang’s Bites for Monday’s Viewing Picks.

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Fang’s Bites is Open on the Weekends

Sports media never shuts down on the weekends. You can never tell when a breaking story can strike. That’s why I also do links on Saturdays and Sundays. They might not equal the number of stories during the week, but they’re enough to warrant posts. So you can check over at the Fang’s Bites at BSMW page for the latest.

There is an update today and you can check there again tomorrow around lunchtime for another post.

Also check RedSoxLinks.com for all the coverage of yesterday’s 1-0 Red Sox victory over the Atlanta Braves. From there you can jump to all the other Boston team dashboards.

Another Friday Night Megalinks Post

Check RedSoxLinks.com for all the coverage of last night’s 4-1 Sox victory over the Atlanta Braves.

In the euphoria of my joining Boston Sports Media Watch, I got stuck doing a few things and did not do the megalinks. Time to do them now.

Normally, you would see the Weekend Viewing Picks here with the megalinks, but from now on, I’m going to put them in Fang’s Bites section of BSMW. So you can see them from now on, over here.

Now to your links.

National

USA Today’s Michael McCarthy says TBS feels Ron Darling is in the upper echelon of MLB TV analysts.

Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal writes that MLB remains in a ratings malaise.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell says his readers have spoken and chosen a new nickname for Shaquille O’Neal. Darren reports that Vijay Singh was willing to post bail for embattled Stanford Financial CEO Allen Stanford. Darren also projects the contracts for the first round picks of the NBA Draft.

Joe Favorito wonders if soccer can take advantage of the US’ performance at the Confed Cup.

Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says MASN is mixing and matching its announcing teams for the Orioles-Nationals series. Mike writes that ESPN and ESPN2 saw record viewership for the College World Series.

The Sports Media Journal’s Ray Frager says he prefers watching the NBA Draft over the NFL Draft.

Deadspin says HBO plans to ditch the comedy for the next edition of Joe Buck Live.

The Sports Media Watch says ESPN has chosen its hosts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Andrew Laughlin of Digital Spy says ESPN may use one its existing UK channels to show recently acquired English Premier League gamese.

Len Berman gives us his top 5 sports stories of the day at the Huffington Post.

Speaking of Len, he did an interview with Obsessed TV about his recent departure from WNBC-TV and I embedded that interview right here.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn of the Boston Globe says Dennis Eckersley is gaining his own legion of fans while sitting in for Jerry Remy on NESN.

Good friend LC at the 38Cliches blog is impressed with Dave O’Brien’s work ethic on Red Sox radio broadcasts.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times chronicles how NBC’s Breakfast at Wimbledon began.

Here’s a Phil Mushnick column I can actually agree with. The New York Post columnist rips WFAN’s Craig Carton for sexually harassing tennis star Jennifer Capriati earlier this week.

The Big Lead also weighed in on Mushnick’s column.

Justin Terranova of the Post talks with YES’ Al Leiter about the Subway Series which has lost some luster this year. And Justin has five questions for MLB Network analyst Mitch Williams about his former Phillies team.

Newsday’s Neil Best talks with WFAN’s Mike Francesa one year after his split with former partner Chris Russo. Neil has more with Mike Francesa in his blog. Neil says Mike is in no rush to find a new partner for his show. Mike has some choice words for former CBS Radio and now Sirius XM chairman Mel Karmazin. And Neil has some more from Mike regarding Russo and ESPN. Neil writes about former WFAN midday co-host Sid Rosenberg whether his future is in the Big Apple or South Florida. Neil wonders why the TSN-produced NHL Draft show carried on Versus did not have a continuous scroll.

The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman goes after ESPN and MLB for “celebrating” the return of Manny Ramirez.

Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union writes about the Yankees’ deal to stream games online and in-market for a hefty price. Pete adds that ESPN was really happy about its College World Series ratings.

Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner gives us his weekend viewing picks. And Jim says the USA-Brazil final in the Confederations Cup is a highlight of the weekend.

South

The Munroe (LA) News Star says CBS’ Tim Brando was honored by the nation’s Sports Information Directors.

Barry Horn from the Dallas Morning News says Terrell Owens and supermodel Joanna Krupa get to return to The Superstars on Monday.

David Barron in the Houston Chronicle writes that Sporting News Radio gets a new affiliate in town.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman writes about a local sports radio host who’s happy he can see again. In his media notebook, Mel talks about ESPN NFL analyst Keyshawn Johnson branching out from his football roots.

Midwest

Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids Press is another who prefers the NBA Draft over the NFL’s.

Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has quotes from ESPN’s basketball analysts about the NBA Draft.

Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers of the week.

Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin is already looking forward to college football season on ESPN and the Big Ten Network.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks with former Blues voice Ken Wilson about Brett Hull who will be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame this year.

West

A local sports talk show host switches places with the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Jay Posner and writes this week’s media column in the newspaper.

John Maffei from the North County Times says rain put a damper on the U.S. Open and its ratings.

Mike Penner of the Los Angeles Times says the NBA Draft lent itself to a lot of trade talk on ESPN.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says Manny Mania swept Albuquerque and the media in both New Mexico and SoCal.

Tom has other sports media news in his blog. Tom goes over the week in blogging.

Canada

Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star bids farewell to a different type of sports radio show.

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says TSN NHL analyst Ray Ferrarro will have to wait and see where his son will be picked in the Entry Draft.

And that’s it. I’ll be back with more links Saturday at the Fang’s Bites page here at BSMW.

Twitter Updates for BSMW on 2009-06-26

Doc Rivers Charity Auction On eBay Now

doc_riversCeltics Coach Doc Rivers is partnering with leading destination club Ultimate Escapes to raise money for Shepherd’s Hope, a non-profit organization of volunteers that provides access to health care for the uninsured. Through Ultimate Escapes signature ‘Ultimate GivingSM’ program, individuals will have the chance to bid, via a series of eBay auctions, on six extraordinary packages including a VIP Golf Experience with the world champion coach in Orlando and a VIP Celtics package during the 09/10 season.

The first auction, June 25 – July 4, 2009, includes three offerings that grant the winners access to the exclusive collection of luxury homes usually reserved for members of the club: a VIP Golf Experience with Doc Rivers in Orlando, a five-night stay in a London home, and a five-night stay in a private residence in Turks & Caicos. As part of the Ultimate Giving initiative, all proceeds from the auction will be donated to the charity of Doc Rivers’ choice, Shepherd’s Hope. The auctions and details about each offering are available at www.UltimateGiving.com. Ultimate Giving has already raised more than $350,000 for non-profits, with a multi-year goal of collecting over $1 million for deserving causes.

The Doc Rivers VIP Golf Package Includes:

  • A golf foursome (the winner and two friends, plus a celebrity) at the Doc Rivers Celebrity Golf Invitational on July 17, 2009 at Grand Cypress
  • Meet & Greet with Doc Rivers during the private celebrity pairings party July 16, 2009
  • Photo opportunity for the winner and guests with Doc and other celebrities
  • Autographed Doc Rivers memorabilia
  • Two-night stay in Ultimate Escapes Luxury Destination Clubs’ $2 million Orlando home
  • Golf Tournament Awards Luncheon for three

 VIP Package Retail Value: $5,000

This package is currently available for bidding on eBay.

Additionally, a second auction taking place July 2–July 12, 2009 will offer three additional packages, including the following one: 

Celtics VIP Package

  • Two night stay in Ultimate Escapes Luxury Ultimate Collection 5 star hotel partner – The Eliot Suite in Boston
  • Four tickets to a Boston Celtics home game during the 2010 season
  • Meet & greet with Doc Rivers just after the game.
  • Autographed Doc Rivers memorabilia

Check the Ultimate Giving page for the rest of the Auctions as they come on-line.

Smoltz Shaky in Sox Debut

It was a rocky first inning in a Boston Red Sox uniform for John Smoltz, who gave up four runs on four hits in the frame. On the other side, Jordan Zimmermann, who was born almost a year to the day after Smoltz was drafted by the Detroit Tigers had his way with the Red Sox, as the Nationals posted a 9-3 win in the series finale.

John Tomase says Smoltz should get a mulligan for his first inning as a Red Sox pitcher. Adam Kilgore has Zimmermann outpitching Smoltz on this night. Joe McDonald has Smoltz and the Red Sox liking how the right-hander finished his outing.

Michael Silverman says that despite the first inning, there were a number of promising signs in Smoltz last night. Nick Cafardo says that it might’ve been a tough start for Smoltz, but it’s certainly not the end. Dan Lamothe though, says that Smoltz was an EPIC FAIL last night.

Nationally, Ken Rosenthal says that Smoltz really wasn’t all that bad last night.

Silverman says that pitching depth has put the Red Sox in a good position. McDonald says that Smoltz’s debut last night was another piece of the Red Sox offseason blueprint being put into place.

Kilgore’s Minor League notebook has catcher Mark Wagner showing off his bat at AA Portland.

Chad Finn talks to Dennis Eckersley about his stint in the booth, filling in for Jerry Remy.

Tomase’s notebook has David Ortiz hitting the cleanup spot last night, a spot he might see more of in the future. Kilgore’s notebook has Jonathan Papelbon talking All Star game. McDonald’s Red Sox journal has Ortiz pleased with getting his 1000th career RBI on Wednesday night.

Celtics

The Celtics stood pat last night, not making any trades, and instead just holding onto their one draft pick at #58 overall and using it on University of Tennessee-Martin guard Lester Hudson, who was second in NCAA Div I scoring last season.

Mike Fine says that it was a long night with little to do for Ainge. Steve Bulpett says that it is all about the now for Ainge and the Celtics, who may yet make some moves. Marc J. Spears notes that with the Celtics standing still, there was activity all around them in the Eastern Conference yesterday. Paul Flannery fires off five things we learned about the draft last night.

Dan Shaughnessy says that now is not the time to trade Rajon Rondo. Alan Siegel says that it appears that Rondo is staying put for now. Scott Souza has Ainge saying again that the Celtics are not looking to trade Rondo. Mark Murphy has Doc Rivers saying he has no doubts that Rondo and Ray Allen will be here next season. Murphy has Rondo’s camp miffed over Ainge’s comments on WEEI earlier this week.

Robert Lee thinks that the addition of Shaq to the Cavs might change the Celtics offseason plans. Bulpett has Rivers viewing all the trades made in the East yesterday as no big deal.

Murphy’s notebook has a look at Hudson, who impressed Ainge with his scoring ability. Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has more on Hudson, who had a long, hard road to last night.

Bruins

Kevin Paul Dupont ponders what Phil Kessel might be worth in a trade. Steve Conroy says that there might be a lot of moves made tonight, but don’t count on the Bruins being big players. Bud Barth thinks that it is possible that Kessel might get dealt. Mike Loftus has the Bruins taking a little different approach to the draft this year.

Joseph Gravellese wonders if there is anyone in this draft who can make the Bruins better. Dupont’s notebook has the Bruins looking to move up in the draft. Conroy looks at who could be on the Bruins radar at No. 25.

Misc

Michael Felger attacks Celtics fans in his mailbag.

Mike Reiss has Matt Light participating in the NFL’s third-annual Broadcast Boot Camp.

Announcement

Finally this morning, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Ken Fang to BSMW. You know Ken from the Friday megalinks, which will still be published here on the front page each week, but in between Ken is going to writing at the new BSMW Fang’s Bites blog each day.

If you’re familiar with Ken’s blog, you know he tirelessly posts at all hours about all things. This blog will be focused solely on sports media, with a regional emphasis of here in New England. Each day he’s going to bring us sports media links and news, and will provide commentary and analysis of the local sports media. I think he’s going to be a terrific addition to the site. His blog is still a work-in-progress design-wise, but we’re getting there. The focus is on the content for now. Welcome, Ken!