Tim Wakefield pitched eight shutout innings yesterday, as the Red Sox beat Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 to take two out of three from the defending National League champions. Get the full links from RedSoxLinks.com. The Red Sox now begin a three-game series in Tampa against the first place Rays, who have jumped out to a 32-12 start this season, and lead the AL East over the Yankees by six games. The Red Sox are 8.5 games back.
The Celtics can close out the Eastern Conference Finals with a win over the Orlando Magic tonight (ESPN, 8:30) at the Garden.
It’s finally coming together for the Sox - Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox are finally starting to play the way they had envisioned at the start of the year.
Rays, with everything going their way, can make Red Sox an A.L. East afterthought this week - Brian MacPherson looks at a very important series for the Red Sox.
Youkilis locked in, and hard to get out - Peter Abraham has a look at a monster May for the Red Sox first baseman.
Red Sox proving resilient amidst key stretch - Alex Speier has the Red Sox showing good signs in this brutal stretch of schedule.
Pedroia has yet to hit on a solution - Amalie Benjamin’s extensive notebook leads off with the continued struggles of Dustin Pedroia.
Perspective on a team in transition - Howard Bryant blasts David Ortiz for blasting the media.
Quitting time already for Orlando? - Tim Weisberg has the Magic at least speaking like a team that isn’t ready to quit.
Kevin Garnett has healing powers - Mark Murphy says that the improved health of Kevin Garnett has made a huge difference for the Celtics defense.
Garnett invigorates teammates - Bill Doyle says that even though the torch might have been passed to Rajon Rondo as leader of this team, they can’t win a title without KG.
2010 just isn’t 2008 - Rich Levine looks at why there is no comparison between this club and the one from two years ago.
This Celtics team has shades of 1969 green - Old-timer Bill Reynolds remembers that last Bill Russell championship.
Strong leadership keeps the Celtics on course - A. Sherrod Blakely looks at younger player like Rondo, Kendrick Perkins and even Glen Davis stepping up their roles as leading players for the Celtics.
They couldn’t bear Bruins repeat - Yes, there are people (media) actually trying to bring up the Bruins collapse from a 3-0 series lead and somehow compare it to this situation. Michael Vega’s notebook has the Celtics determined not to follow the Bruins lead.
What to watch for at the OTA’s - Christopher Price gives us a few things to look for at Patriots organized team activities.
Banta-Cain hoping to be timely contributor for Patriots once again this season - Glen Farley has the Patriots linebacker hoping for another strong season.
Wes Welker shoulders pain - Ian Rapoport has the Patriots receiver talking about his shoulder injury.