David Ortiz hit a pair of home runs last night as the Red Sox beat the Angels 6-3 behind a strong effort from Clay Buchholz on the mound. Buchholz picked up his 11th win of the season. Get the full links over at RedSoxLinks.com.
Sports rival claims ’EEI is padding Hub stats - We’ll start out the links with Jessica Heslam looking at the dispute over radio ratings. Jason Wolfe still sounds like a weasel.
Boston bats finally produce late - Sean McAdam has the Red Sox offense finally coming through in the late innings.
Martinez makes presence felt in return - Alex Speier takes a look at Victor Martinez’s return to the lineup.
A good place to start - Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox have needs as the trading deadline approaches, but starting pitching is not one of them.
Bard has quickly become one of game’s top relievers - Daniel Barbarisi with a look at the young fireballer’s development.
Ellsbury takes his first step back - Peter Abraham’s notebook has Jacoby Ellsbury finally getting into a rehab game.
The trials of training camp - Mike Reiss and Tedy Bruschi preview the start of training camp for the Patriots.
A look at six spots up for grabs at Patriots camp - Karen Guregian has a look at some positions where there are jobs to be won or lost on the Patriots roster.
These numbers might lie - Tom E Curran says that despite strong numbers, the Patriots running attack as a whole is not healthy.
Postional Previews – Wide Receivers - Patriots Daily with a rundown of the 13 receivers on the roster to open camp.
Too bad Boras can’t speak for Hideki Okajima. Okie spit the bit Sunday, then refused to explain his strange decisions regarding his fielding of Mariners bunts. This prompted media members to complain about Okie’s lack of accountability, which in turn prompted assorted fanboys to say the writers are being crybabies. Let’s go over this one more time people: if players don’t explain themselves, they are snubbing you, not us. Personally, I don’t care if any of these guys ever say another word. We only ask them stuff because we presume you want to know. If you are OK with a guy turtling after coughing up a lead, then I’m OK with it.
Lets go over this one more time: I don’t care if Okajima talks to you or not, I just want him to stop being lousy on the field. I don’t feel snubbed because Okajima wouldn’t show his face after the horrendous outing. Does that mean I’m OK with his performance? Not at all.
Listening to 98.5 yesterday afternoon, Felger and Massarotti are not admitting defeat on this Brady situation, they’ve just changed their tune. Here’s how it goes now:
Felger: “Of course we knew Brady wouldn’t hold out, and we know that he’s going to get a new deal from the Patriots that will be close to Peyton Manning’s. But why did they make him BEG for it? They made this guy, who has won three Super Bowls for them, and made the Patriots the fifth most valuable franchise in professional sports, get down on his KNEES and BEG for it.”
Massarotti: “You’re absolutely right, Mike.”