John Smoltz was once again unable to show his stuff of old, surrendering all six runs in the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Orioles at Fenway Park yesterday.
Amalie Benjamin has Smoltz still insisting that he feels good, despite the results. Dom Amore says that Smoltz is up against it now. Michael Silverman says that Smoltz is clearly not the answer for the Sox and that is it time for plan B. Bill Ballou has the Sox once again no match for a rookie pitcher. Robert Lee has Terry Francona still sticking by Smoltz. David Willis wonders if Smoltz might be near the end. Eric Avidon has the frustration mounting for and towards Smoltz. Jim Fenton has Smoltz still unable to find a groove.
Alex Speier looks at why Smoltz is getting battered, Julian Benbow looks at a particularly futile day for the Red Sox offense. John Tomase notes that once again the Red Sox offense is ice cold in July. Dan Darcy has Smoltz still insisting that he feels great and relaxed. Mike Fine has Milton’s Rich Hill going through an up-and-down season with the Orioles.
Brian MacPherson has Jacoby Ellsbury looking comfortable in the leadoff role this weekend. Silverman notes that the MLB-best bullpen is about the only thing the Sox have going for themselves right now. Daniel Barbarisi has Ramon Ramirez not in the picture as much recently.
Benjamin’s notebook has the Orioles doing a lot of two-out damage against Smoltz. Amore’s notebook has another young pitcher shutting down the Red Sox. Tomase’s notebook has David Ortiz looking to step up and lead the Red Sox offense back from its doldrums. Ballou’s notebook has the Sox bullpen once again impressive in defeat. The Projo Red Sox Journal looks a the offense once again being shut down by a rookie. Willis’ notebook has more on the struggles by the offense. Fenton’s notebook also examines the struggles at the plate.
Hall of Fame
Nick Cafardo looks at the enshrinement of Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice into the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. Jeff Jacobs has Rickey stealing the show with his induction speech. Joe McDonald wonders which Red Sox will be the next to join Rice in the Hall.
Bob Ryan look at how much the Hall of Fame means to Rice. Sean McAdam has Rice finally joining the best of all time. Maureen Mullen has Rice finally able to make his speech that was 15 years in the making. Dan Guttenplan says we saw a new side of Rice.
Cafardo’s notebook has Tom Werner saying that the Red Sox could still pull of a major trade before the deadline.
We’re in the last few days before Patriots training camp starts. Over at Patriots Daily the positional previews are starting. There will be three posted throughout the day today, including a look by Scott Benson at the quarterback spot. Check in a 10:00 this morning for the running backs and 1:00 this afternoon for the wide receivers.
Christopher L. Gasper and Karen Guregian have top pick Patrick Chung reporting on time with the rest of the rookies yesterday. Christopher Price has a look at the quarterbacks. Glen Farley looks at the wide receivers and also says that not having an official offensive coordinator shouldn’t be a problem for the Patriots.
Conroy looks at BC offensive lineman Matt Tennant, who could be the latest in the line of great BC centers.