Pedroia “Laser Show” Lifts Sox Over Rockies

I lost track of how many times I heard the phrase “laser show” on the NESN telecast last night, but I didn’t mind, as Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia put on a performance for the ages in a 13-11Red Sox win over the Colorado Rockies.

Pedroia hit three home runs on the night (including the one that eventually won the game), went 5-5, was on base six times and drive in five runs in the win.

Get the full coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Here are today’s top-10, no-garbage links…

Pedroia amazes, but doesn’t surprise – Gordon Edes says that nothing Pedroia does surprises his teammates any more.

Pedroia big in the clutch – Nick Cafardo looks the MVP-like performance from Pedroia.

Things looking up for Bowden – Peter Abraham’s Minor League notebook has Michael Bowden, a once-hot prospect for the Sox, getting things back together.

Celtics choose freshman Bradley – Peter May looks at the Celtics top pick, guard Avery Bradley from Texas. Get all the Celtics news today at CelticsLinks.com.

Defense, a way of life – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics top pick just loves to play defense.

Starting to put game plan in motion – Gary Washburn has the Celtics making the first steps towards next season, and looks at what might happen with Paul Pierce.

Cloudy skies on the Celtics horizon – Paul Flannery says tha the present is very cloudy for the Celtics.

And … action: Draft Diary XIV – Bill Simmons has his annual draft diary.

Seguin will be a feel-good pick for B’s – Joe Haggerty looks at the Bruins projected pick tonight.

Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin show at end – Steve Conroy says that the year-long speculation over which player will go first will be ended tonight. Get your Bruins news today at BruinsLinks.com.

Week Log: Draft Days of Summer

Lots of action in the blogosphere this first week of summer, with the C’s drafting tonight, the B’s tomorrow, the U.S. taking on Guana in World Cup action Saturday, and the Sox looking for something positive on any or all of those days. We left you on the threshhold of Game 7 of the NBA Finals last week, so let’s pick up the pieces of our shattered dreams with the C’s first.

Celtics

Just a few eulogies for the C’s, then it’s time to move on. Banner 18?, whose name won’t be changing next season, brings us a Celtics fan appreciation video. Touching All The Bases wonders if disappointment will be the parting memory of a three-year ride that was a hell of a lot of fun. Celtics Stuff Live thinks the C’s need reinforcements from several sources, as running the same crew out there next year will not produce any better results.

The rebuilding begins tonight with the NBA Draft, as the C’s select 19th overall. Green Street recounts the last 25 Number 19 picks. Red’s Army looks at Danny Ainge’s legacy of strong drafts over the last seven years. Boston Sports Then And Now thinks that, with all the uncertainty over the C’s future, Ainge will again have to think outside the box this offseaason as he did in 2007. Celtics Green is looking to fill five roster slots in this year’s draft.

A little more video to close, as The Crowe’s Nest can’t make sense of Lakers fans’ air of entitlement to violence after their team won the NBA Finals.

Bruins

I must confess to not being over the devastation the B’s dumped on our doorsteps in May. I’m not ready to let them back in my life yet but better fans are, and the healing process continues tomorrow night with the second selection in the NHL Entry Draft. Michael Hurley looks back on the top ten Number 2 draft picks in NHL history. Hey, there’s really not much difference between the B’s and the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks when 4SportBoston thinks about it, as they assess some offseason needs that can get partially filled tomorrow night.

Bruins 2010 Draft Watch goes back in time to relive the hype on newly acquired forward Nathan Horton, who was drafted third overall in 2003. Bruins Insider thinks that throwing in the 15th overall pick this year was hard for GM Peter Chiarelli since the draft figures to be a deep one. Blog Of Ice calls it an expensive deal, but that’s the price of unloading Dennis Wideman. Rink Rap has Chiarelli putting his money where his mouth is by looking outside the organization for solutions to player performance “variances.”

Something’s Bruin looks at some interesting international matchups coming the B’s way in the upcoming preseason, while Stanley Cup Of Chowder breaks down the B’s 2010-2011 schedule, which was just released this week.

Red Sox

The Sox went west this week carrying a MLB-best 24-8 record since May 17, as well as a 10-2 interleague record, to Colorado on Tuesday. Surviving Grady thanks interleague play for helping the Sox to move on up. On The Soxaholix, fictional Doug is happy this run has gotten the Sox to within spitting distance of the Yankees.

Looks like the Sox will have to hock a powerful one, as they’ve slipped two games in the first two nights in Colorado, leaving Jerry Remy new and innovative ways to use the word “frustrating” in sentences. Sox & Dawgs says Tuesday night’s low-scoring affair came one game earlier than expected, as Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin was virtually unhittable. Toeing The Rubber dislikes losing the first game of a series more than anything. The Sox stopped a shut-out with a run in thee ninth, but ageless ageing Mike Lowell left the tying run on when he couldn’t beat out a grounder deep in the hole. Better Red Than Dead clocked Lowell’s time to first base as dangerously close to the bezerk barrier, while Boston Dirt Dogs has Lowell with grandmother-class speed.

Over The Monster has last night’s loss marking the end of this run of ten consecutive series either won or split. The Joy Of Sox has Lackey putting the Sox in a four-run hole with his arm, then leading the comeback with his stick. The baseball gods only give out so many gifts like last night’s four-run 6th against the best pitcher in baseball, and when they do you don’t tell them, ‘thanks but no thanks.’ Well, Jonathan Papelbon did, surrendering the lead on two pitches, then the game three batters later. Fenway West has this as Papelbon’s worst outing of the season as he was unable to save one for a mediocre Lackey.

Notwithstanding last night, Red Sox Reality Check notes the improvement of Sox pitching over each month of this season. With the success of Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester this year, Boston Sports Blog tells you the last time the Sox produced two homegrown 20-game winners. Red Sox Monster has math precluding every good Bosox performer from making this year’s All-Star Game. So much for the bridge year says Keep Your Sox On, as they have the Sox leading the Majors in a plethora of offensive categories.

Sean McAdam has something the Josh Beckett front has seen precious little of so far this year: good news. More good news from Full Count, as they report on the pretty amazing comeback of prospect Ryan Westmoreland. Jessica Isner has Lars Anderson knowing what it’s like to struggle, and also knowing he can rebound, too.

SoxSpace News loves Dustin Pedroia’s candor with the media. Fire Brand Of The American League reflects back on the experience of watching Manny Ramirez.

FIFA World Cup

In a week filled with drama and intrigue, perhaps nothing can top the U.S. win over Algeria yesterday, as they scored the match’s only goal in stoppage time to advance into the knockout stages. ESPN Boston’s New England Revolution Blog has Landon Donovan’s goal forgiving and forgetting all the wrongs during the U.S.’s Group Stage. We’re Just Saying sees the U.S. catching up with the rest of the soccer world, and sooner or later the unthinkable is going to happen.

Over the first 90 minutes of play yesterday, Corner Kicks was slowly losing faith in humanity. No matter the winner, Masshole Sports says 1-0 soccer games have all the thrill of watching water boil. NESN’s World Cup blog has Algerian soccer player Rafik Saifi breaking down in the class department after his team’s loss. Jerry Thornton shows enormous self-restraint in not bashing the prissy, humorless world of international soccer.

Odds & Sods
. . . an unstructured wandering through the Boston sports world

Six States, One Blog loves the idea of a soccer-specific stadium in New England but doesn’t figure to see the Revs moving out of Gillette any time soon.

Despite putting personal scandals behind themselves, Tom E. Curran says folks will never see past the stained reputations of either Kobe Bryant or Tiger Woods.

Auto Racing Blog has Danica Patrick excited about Indy cars coming to New Hampshire next year.

Looking forward to a couple of draft nights ahead. Check back next Thursday for bloggers’ takes on both the B’s and C’s selections.

Papelbon Can’t Close Out Giambi, Rockies

The Red Sox had a golden opportunity for a huge win last night, after knocking out Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez, after 5 2/3 innings, scoring six runs off him in that span. Darnell McDonald finished off Jimenez with a two run homer that gave the Sox a 6-5. That score held until the bottom of the ninth, when Jonathan Papelbon first surrendered a game-tying home run to the first batter of the inning, Ian Stewart, then after giving up a single and a sacrifice bunt, Papelbon faced pinch-hitter Jason Giambi, who hit a two-run homer to give the Rockies a 8-6 win over the Red Sox.

Amalie Benjamin has a despondent Papelbon at a loss for words after the game. (Almost all the articles on this game start the same way.)  Scott Lauber has the game recap in the Herald. Daniel Barbarisi has Papelbon undoing all the good work his teammates had done for nine innings. Sean McAdam has Papelbon reeling after the game from the events of the ninth.  

Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox have a number of needs to be addressed, but whether they can fill them may come down to timing. Barbarisi has Rhode Island’s Chris Iannetta trying to prove himself again.

Michael Silverman has Josh Beckett looking to get completely healthy so that he can help the Red Sox when he does return. Jeremy Lundblad has the stats to show that the outfield instability is not hurting the Red Sox.

Gordon Edes looks at just eight pitches to wipe out the “glorious improbability of Ubaldo Jimenez, the best pitcher in the National League, being knocked around by a kid who plays like every day might be his last in the big leagues…” Silverman has Papelbon dealing with the two crushing blows he gave up last night.

Jessica Isner has Lars Anderson still focused on making it to the Majors. Lenny Megliola looks at Ryan Westmoreland as a miracle in the making.  Brian MacPherson serves up a good Minor League Notebook.

Lauber’s notebook looks at the rare rally against Ubaldo Jimenez.  Benjamin’s notebook has Ryan Westmoreland eager to resume his career. Barbarisi’s Red Sox Journal examines a sweet homecoming for McDonald. McAdam’s notebook has a pair of call-ups doing the most damage to Jimenez.

Celtics

The Celtics begin the work of building their 2010-11 team tonight as the NBA draft is held. The Celtics currently have the 19th pick, and there are rumors of all kind out there, some that the Celtics want to move up, move down, or trade the pick for an established player. A. Sherrod Blakely has his mock draft, where he has the Celtics taking Kentucky C Daniel Orton at 19.

Scott Souza examines what the Celtics have in front of them at the moment. Howard Bryant says that Danny Ainge has performed offseason magic before, and it’s time to do it again. Mark Murphy notes some of the Celtics workouts this week, and how this pick tonight could easily become a fluid piece. Jeff Goodman says that Ainge’s drafting prowess will be tested tonight.

Acting as if he expects Ainge to keep the 19th pick, Gary Washburn says that the Celtics need to land a winner tonight. Peter May expects the team to trade the pick, hoping to land a veteran player to aid a final run for a title. Jim Fenton says that the Celtics will target immediate help. Even Buddy Thomas can see that this draft is a big one for the Celtics.

Steve Bulpett says that there a lot of people’s futures tied up in Doc Rivers’ decision to come back or not. Fenton revisits Ainge’s appearance on WEEI yesterday. Jessica Camerato looks back at all the Celtics draft picks of the last five years.

Bruins

Kevin Paul Dupont has a feature on Taylor Hall, who it appears will be the top pick in tomorrow night’s NHL draft. Mike Loftus says that the Bruins appear poised to make Tyler Seguin their pick at #2. Joe McDonald says that both of these players appear to be the real deal. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins can deal from strength this offseason.

Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins will be making more moves. Rich Garven says that the Bruins future starts tomorrow. Loftus says that the Bruins may look at trades to close a new hole on defense opened by the trade of Dennis Wideman. Joe Haggerty agrees that the Bruins now need to look for offense on defense.

Haggerty’s notebook has Bruins assistant Craig Ramsey reportedly set to be named the head coach in Atlanta. Steve Conroy and Stephen Harris also have the news and a few notes.

Misc

Bob Ryan has a thoughts column.

Ian R. Rapoport examines whether we can learn from history when it comes to Logan Mankins’ agent.

John Powers looks at the huge win for the U.S. to advance in the World Cup yesterday. Ron Borges says that the win still means nothing to the majority of America’s sports fans.

Bud Collins looks at the epic John Isner/Nicolas Mahut match at Wimbledon.

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Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett will hold his fourth-annual Beckett Bowl on July 29. The event is presented by Foxwoods Resort Casino, and will be held at Lucky Strike Lanes in Boston. 

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a celebrity red carpet event. The celebrity bowling tournament will kick-off at 7:15 p.m. and festivities will conclude with a concert by country music sensation Jason Aldean at the Absolut Beckett Bowl Concert presented by MGM Grand at Foxwoods at the House of Blues Boston. 

A limited number of tickets for both the bowling tournament and after party concert will be on sale through www.ticketmaster.com this Saturday, June 5th at 10 am. Tickets to attend the bowling event and concert are $250 and tickets for the concert only are $40. Fans can purchase a VIP concert ticket for $125 which includes a meet & greet with Jason Aldean and a reserved seat at the House of Blues. 

Local companies and individuals are invited to sponsor four-person bowling teams for the event. Each team will be joined by a celebrity teammate and will compete for unique prize packages. For information on sponsoring a team, companies and individuals can call 617-338-2766 or visit www.beckettbowl.com

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Celtics’ Head Coach and Ultimate Escapes Member Doc Rivers is once again partnering with leading destination club Ultimate Escapes to host his 10th annual Celebrity Golf Invitational at the Reunion Resort and Club Wyndham Grand Resort in Orlando. Coach Rivers and Ultimate Escapes, Inc are teaming up to raise money for Shepherd’s Hope, a non-profit organization of volunteers that provides access to healthcare for the uninsured using an all-volunteer staff. The tournament will include a celebrity pairings party on the evening of July 22, in which each foursome will be paired with a participating celebrity, such as NBA basketball superstar Anthony “Spud” Webb and sportscaster Craig Sager. Past celebrity participants include NBA star Julius Erving, commonly known as Dr. J, founding member of The Commodores Thomas McClary, and NBA pro Bo Outlaw. The evening will also include the Ultimate Escapes auction and raffle, where attendees will have the chance to win a variety of luxury vacation experiences. The tournament will take place on the morning of July 23

For more information about the Doc Rivers Celebrity Golf Invitational and Shepherd’s Hope, visit www.shepherdshope.org. For more information about Ultimate Escapes, visit www.ultimateescapes.com.