Buchholz, Kalish Power Sox Over Angels

Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings and Ryan Kalish hit his first career grand slam as the Red Sox blanked the Angels 6-0 at Fenway Park. Get the full links at RedSoxLinks.com.

It’s a really good batch of links today, so enjoy:

Clay Buchholz Serves As Silent Warrior in Red Sox Victory Packed With Excitement - Tony Lee with a look at an entertaining night at Fenway.

Ryan Kalish’s family enjoying the show - Mike Fine has Kalish’s grandparents, who are Polish immigrants, getting a chance to watch him blossom.

Kalish slam just another sign of progress - Sean McAdam has Kalish continuing to impress at the Major League level.

Introducing your 2014 Boston Red Sox - Daniel Barbarisi looks at what the Red Sox roster might look like in four years. A pretty intriguing article.

Pedroia feels good in return - Maureen Mullen looks at the second baseman excited to be back on the field.

Ellsbury could be done for the season - The Globe notebook builds on a Gordon Edes report that the outfielder has another rib fracture and probably out for the season.

Randy Moss continues to amaze - Mike Reiss notes that it is easy to take Moss for granted when when extraordinary things happen on a regular basis,

Terrence Wheatley Making Major Improvements to Land Spot on 2010-2011 Roster - Jeff Howe has the 2008 second round pick making big strides in this camp.

Brady sub hunt over? - Rich Garven says that the Patriots feel they have a keeper in the second year QB from Michigan State.

Brady explains why patience is paper-thin - Tom E Curran has the Patriots QB talking about why he’s been all over his teammates in this camp.

Alge Crumpler stays mum on return to Atlanta - Ian Rapoport’s notebook has the big TE quiet in his return to his former team and offseason home.

Worry Wart – Preseason Game Two At Falcons - Chris Warner goes over a few things he’s anxious to check out tomorrow night.

Pierce plays assistant GM during the offseason - A. Sherrod Blakely has the Captain talking about last season and how he lobbied the Celtics to sign Shaq. CSNNE has an long interview with Piece broken up in four parts as well.

Bruins Blue-Line Presence Should Only Continue to Improve With Dennis Seidenberg - Douglas Flynn looks at how the Bruins defense should be improved with Seidenberg here for a complete season.

Tip of the cap to AAGA - Congratulations to Mark Farinella on being inducted into the Attleboro Area Golf Association Hall fo Fame.

  • Tony

    How could Reiss write an article complimentary of Randy Moss? Doesn't he know that Moss is a bad guy and that acquiring him was the worst-ever move the Pats have made since Belichick took over; and that Moss is the reason why they haven't won a Super Bowl since 2004? That must be true, because Borges and Felger (and others) said so (sarc/off).

    • Paul

      You could make the argument that Moss did cost the Pats the SB in 2007 since in that final drive to get into FG range, they kept chucking it to Moss instead of trying to methodically march down the field…like they did in two of their SB victories.

      • Tony

        Well, I never did understand the playcalling on that "drive." They had all three timeouts left, I believe, or at least two timeouts; and they had a kicker with a 55-yard leg inside a dome. They had plenty of time to "dink and dunk" a few and let Gostkowski try a long one to tie the game. (For that matter, why did BB go for it on 4th and 13 in the 3rd quarter with Gostkowski well within FG range?)

        That was just a strange, bizarre day and game all around, from Tomase's fake story showing up on our doorsteps in the morning to the way the Pats played (and coached) that night, to the once-in-a-generation miracle of the "helmet catch" play…..just a surrealistic day all around.

      • Angry Old Bastard

        wow…..that's a REACH…….he scored the TD that put them ahead…a better argument would be that THE DEFENSE NEEDED TO MAKE A STOP ON THE GIANTS FINAL DRIVE.

        • Classless

          Angry Old Bastard is right. Make a stop, that's how we've won.

      • APimpNamedDaveR

        How is that MOSS costing them the SB? Wasn't he doing exactly what was expected of him? If anything, it's an example of BRADY costing them the SB by going away from the check-down-throw-to-guy-who's-open system that won in the past….

        • Tony

          This kind of turned into a Super Bowl 42 discussion, but since we're on the topic, I blame McDaniels for the offense's inability to adjust to what the Giants were doing all night. Weis would have figured it out by halftime and the Pats would have put up more than just 7 points in the second half (there was no one better in the NFL at making in-game adjustments than Weis). And you have to blame McDaniels for calling those bombs to Moss on the final possession, rather than trying to run some screens or going to Welker in the slot and trying to get the tying field goal.

          That game was not McDaniels' finest hour.

      • Dan

        Since the discussion is already underway…

        I don't blame Moss for losing the Super Bowl (my mind spreads blame mostly between dumb luck, Assante Samuel, John Tomase, and BB's bizarre 3rd quarter 4th down decision), but if you go back and watch it, the first Brady-to-Moss bomb on that last drive was a really good throw. Moss was double covered, and did his usual "stick my hands out at the last second and snatch it before the D knows it's here" routine. A defender got his hand in there and broke up the play. To this day I believe that if Moss had "gone up for it" it likely would've been a 50-whatever yard catch, Pats in field goal range with time still on the clock. I can't really blame him for it – he's successful doing it the way he does it. I just always wonder what would've been if he had taken the attitude "I'm getting this ball and no one is stopping me!"

        And I don't blame the playcalling. They had very little time (34 seconds I think) and needed some big chunks to get into FG range. Nothing like SB 36 (1:21 remaining) or SB 38 (1:04 and starting at the 40).

        • Tony

          Good points.

          Of course, the "fanboy" in me (as Mazz and Felger and the lot would call me) also harkens back to the helmet catch play and the officials' unwillingness to call the two blatant–caught on camera by Sports Illustrated–offensive holding penalties that would have pushed the NYG back 10 yards, negated the play, and put them into a 3rd and 16 situation :-(

  • Jerry

    Samuel's dropped the sure interception was the classic Manning miscue they did not capitalize on.

  • mandb97

    A couple of items:

    1) Now that we know that Ellsbury has rebroken his ribs, I wonder if the media will now apologize for some of the snide comments about what wuss he is? I didn't think so. As classless as Gresh and Zo's tweet was, I have to laugh at Felger whose worst injury is probably a paper cut. Way to go Captain Tough Guy.

    2) Yesterday was the first time I completely disagreed with something Michael Holley said. The topic was the NFL going to an eighteen game schedule. Holley was against the schedule change which I do not have an issue with. Sixteen or eighteen is not something I lose sleep over. The issue was his reasoning. He said that he was worried about the toll it will take on the players. Here is the problem with his logic. It is the players decision. The cat is out of the bag when it comes to the present and future dangers of football. Players know more than ever what the dangers of football are. If a player feels the risks outweigh the pay, they can go into another field. There is simply no argument.