Shhh…don’t look now, but the Red Sox are getting their act together…
Jon Lester and the Red Sox only allowed one hit to the Tampa Rays last night, defeating the first place squad for the second straight night, this time by the score of 2-0. David Ortiz drove in both Red Sox runs with a double off Rays starter James Shields. Get the complete coverage over at RedSoxLinks.com.
One-hit wondrous - Amalie Benjamin has Lester continuing a stretch of dominance for the Red Sox starters.
A reminder regarding how far Jon Lester has come - Rob Bradford says that the five walks given up by the lefty were a reminder of what he used to be.
Problem with steals put on hold - Peter Abraham has a look at how the Red Sox have solved their issues with opponents stolen bases.
It’s like he never left (he didn’t) - Gordon Edes has Darnell McDonald getting a quick call back to the Sox after Jacoby Ellsbury reported soreness in his side.
Don Zimmer is getting his due, 30 years after a turbulent time in Boston - Ron Chimelis looks at the former Red Sox manager (and Yankees bench coach) being inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
The Celtics get another chance to close out the Magic tonight (ESPN, 8:30), though it will be in a much tougher environment, down in Orlando. I still think this series comes back to Boston for game six - I hope I’m wrong.
C’s can’t get picked apart again - Chris Forsberg says that the Celtics defense on pick-and-rolls will be crucial tonight.
Total team effort - Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics don’t want to keep Dave Cowens waiting any longer.
The Bruin who shaped the Celtics’ series - Kirk Minihane with a look at how the Bruins director of collegiate scouting played a big role in building the current Magic club.
OT loss aside, C’s aren’t new B’s - Ron Borges dismisses talk that the Celtics could follow the lead of the Bruins.
Celtics look to deliver knock-out punch - Kevin McNamara has the final win always the toughest to get.
Apparently Jameer Nelson is well-liked and respected by a number of media folks, and the Magic point guard played a great game Monday night, and has been one of the few Magic players who seems to have shown up for the entire series, but the fawning article by Chris Gasper today went just a bit too far for my taste. It’s OK to pump up Nelson, but trying to put down Rajon Rondo in the process, doesn’t seem to do Nelson any favors.
I’m not a fan of this Boston Herald front page:
The teaser for the Borges article is also completely misleading.
The Patriots OTA session is open to the media today, and they’ll get their first look at the team that has been put together thus far in the offseason.
Jon Morris belongs in Pats’ Hall of Fame - Jim Donaldson gives his endorsement to the former center.
Big appetite meets Bon Appetite! - Karen Guregian with a look at Dan Connolly, his love of food, and his older brother, a high-profile chef.
Game getting lost in the gizmos - Mark Farinella with a look at the good and bad that new technology could bring to Gillette.
Bruins need to try a little Taylor-ing - Michael Felger with a few thoughts on the Boston sports scene.
Idle thought of the day: Is there a thinner-skinned sports media member in Boston than that wacky goofball, Mikey Adams? I think not.