Sox Ticket Prices Still Low For Mariners Series

As the weeks go by, and it becomes more apparent that the Red Sox postseason hopes are fading, the prices and demand for tickets to Fenway Park continue to decline as well.

Tickets for the series that begins tonight against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway are selling at 40% below the season average.

This means more great deals, such as 134 tickets available in TiqZone Bleachers, $15 or less.

Of course, more bad weather projected for tonight might make even those deals a risky proposition.

Clay Furthers Quest For Cy

The Red Sox playoff hopes may be fading with each passing day, but Clay Buchholz continues to impress, and to make a strong case for himself as a Cy Young candidate. After a lengthy rain delay, the right hander threw six shutout innings in a 5-0Red Sox victory to lower his ERA to 2.26 and picked up his fifteenth win of the season to improve to 15-5 for the season. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Molding Clay: How Buchholz went from bobblehead to ace in two years – Alex Speier looks at how Buchholz has evolved ever since he had to pitch on his own bobblehead night in Portland two years ago.

When he fired, Jays found it hard to deal with – Bob Ryan also chimes in on Buchholz, and just how good he’s been this season. (John Tomase, Christopher Smith and Joe Haggerty also weigh in on Buchholz. Jim Donaldson looks at the Cy Young Candidates.)

It was a turn for the best – Michael Vega has David Ortiz giving the Sox a spark by legging out a triple.

Dustin Pedroia, Michael Jordan connect – John Tomase with a pretty cool side story – Pedroia’s broken foot is the same bone that Jordan broke back in 1985. He called Pedroia recently to offer advice and encouragement.

Postseason equation not in Boston’s favor – Sean McAdam looks at the long odds facing the Red Sox.

Mike Lowell’s plan to retire after 2010 still a go – Scott Lauber’s notebook has Lowell still determined to call it a career after this season.

Roster roll call – Karen Guregian assesses the Patriots roster and makes projections on the final 53-man squad. Glen Farley also takes a shot at it.

Taylor the best option in Patriots crowded backfield – Jonathan Comey looks at the running game, and some over-under forecasts on the season.

Questions still dangle at preseason midpoint – Tom E Curran says that there are still plenty of questions about this Patriots team.

 Second season already off to shaky start, but Ron Brace hopes he can rise up to expectations – Robert Lee has the Boston College product looking to make up for a poor start to his career.

Video breakdown of the Patriots 28-10 win over the Falcons – Nick Underhill uses embedded video to look at seven less obvious plays from the game Thursday night.

Antoine Walker trying to learn from mistakes – Jessica Camerato has the former Celtics star looking to get his life and career back on track.

A few theories to chew on – Bill Simmons has an intriguing take on why Shaquille O’Neal may have wanted so badly to join the Celtics.

Patriots Look Strong In Win Over Falcons

The Patriots looked good last night, pounding the Atlanta Falcons 28-10 in the second preseason game. It’s ridiculously early, but this already seems like a different team than last year. Get all the Patriots coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.

Nice to see Joe Buck in midseason form last night, complaining We wanted to talk to some Patriots, but they won’t allow it. He talked about trying to “piece together” who was going to play and who wasn’t. Apparently the folks at FOX don’t have access to the internet and can’t look at the local media outlets, who reported who didn’t come on the trip, and who practiced and didn’t practice.

Sure, blame Belichick for your inability to find information that is out there if you’re just willing to look for it.

i’m told that tom brady bailed on the media for the second straight game. come on, tom. stay classy.Fri Aug 20 03:32:38 via web

Ten Things We Learned Thursday: Hernandez is something special – Christopher Price looks at what we can take away from last night’s game.

Patriots 28, Falcons 10: Five things to remember – Tom E Curran has a few things to remember as well.

Wes Welker returns to Pats in no time – Mike Reiss looks at the return of 83.

Patriots strike a fine balance – Shalise Manza Young has the first unit looking sharp and efficient.

Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris run wild – Ian Rapoport has the “old guys” still getting the job done.

Two-minute drill – Looking for negatives? Hector Longo has plenty.

Support felt from Ron Brace – Rapoport’s notebook has the second year D-Lineman making his presence felt with a forced fumble.

Josh Beckett was lit up for six earned runs between the sixth and seventh innings as the Red Sox lost to the Angels 7-2at Fenway Park last night. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

For Beckett, 2010 remains an unsolved riddle – Alex Speier looks at a lost season for Beckett.

Middlebrooks turning the corner at third base – Peter Abraham’s minor league notebook has a look at Single A third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who has impressed this season. He also has updates on Casey Kelly and others.

Doubront’s long journey from Lowell to Boston – Jessica Camerato has a feature on Felix Doubront.

Another day, another on DL – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Jarrod Saltalamacchia the latest to be sidelined.

Gresh is a heat-resistant host – Chad Finn talks to Andy Gresh about his Tweet about Jacoby Ellsbury over the weekend.

Media Roundup: Yeah, More Critical – That’s Exactly What We Need – My SB Nation Boston column looks at Chris Casper’s premise that we need to be more critical of the Patriots and less critical of the Red Sox.

A glance at this weekend’s Red Sox/BlueJays series at Fenway from a ticket perspective.

Week Log: Grabbing a Gators Cap and a Beer

Red Sox

Payback can be a bitch. Following the Angels’ 3-0 sweep over Boston last October, the Red Sox have responded with a vengeance. Although most fans would prefer the ALDS win, the Sox have taken nine straight when it counts the most – i.e., lately. On Tuesday, Ryan Kalish and Clay Buchholz did the damage in this most recent series opener. Red Sox Monster has Terry Francona’s move of Kalish to center raising lots of questions about Jacoby Ellsbury’s future. Kirk Minihane thinks that Buchholz’s 2010 has been the very definition of a break-out season. With the Sox bullpen in shambles, The Bottom Line hopes the rest of the rotation took notice of Buchholz’s 7-inning outing Tuesday.

Perhaps they did. Throw in another seven from Lackey last night, then Bard in the 8th and Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th, and Surviving Grady has all the ingedients for a textbook ‘W’ . . . almost. Sean McAdam thinks Paps’ milestone 30th save last night may have been more important as a boost to his confidence. Full Count applauds Francona’s pinch-hitting elections in the 7th, although bats were optional for those plate appearances.

The bad news is that Better Red Than Dead says .700 baseball will be needed just to tie for the Wild Card, and National League teams aren’t walking in that door to help the Sox anymore. Bosox Injection cites injuries as a great and convenient excuse for missing this postseason, although Two Cents From Beantown suspects the Sox use injuries as an excuse to unfairly stock the roster. If the Sox do go on a tear from here on out, Fire Brand Of The American League would not be surprised in the least.

Over The Monster has the highest paid starters also doubling as the most disappointing performers. I’m Just Sayin’ is just saying that Lackey and Josh Beckett need to pitch like aces before Theo throws more good money after bad. Extra Bases would throw a pile of Theo’s money at Adrian Beltre this winter. Boston Dirt Dogs has money tight among scalpers as well.

Patriots

Coming off a win in their preseason opener against the Saints last Thursday night, the Pats scrimmaged the Falcons down in Atlanta this week leading to tonight’s game. Pats Pulpit theorizes that trips like these are designed to cram in as much experience for first- and second-year players as possible.

You can’t blame a guy for asking, but Masshole Sports is blaming Falcon Matt Ryan for asking Tom Brady for QB tips. Why should Ryan even bother if Michael Felger is right? PatsFans takes Felgie to the woodshed for asserting that Tom Terrific is no longer a playoff-caliber QB. Luckily, Extra Points has the Pats brass feeling good about the development of Brian Hoyer. Michael Hurley has Brady gunning for perfection in everything so far this summer.

NE Patriots Draft updates their roster predictions after a promising performance against the Saints. After his Brady attack, Felger pines for a Welker/Edelman tandem of slot receivers rather than butting heads against the wall with non-performing TEs. Pats Chowder would find Ty Warren’s IR a little easier to swallow if Bill Belichick hadn’t let Jarvis Green walk. It Is What It Is considers the mystery of punter Zoltan Mesko, the Most Interesting Man in the NFL. Stay thirsty, my friend.

If Chucky Gruden’s fawning on Monday night didn’t clue you in yet, there ‘s going to be a lot of Jets obsession this season, but Boston Blood Sox thinks they still suck. Patriots Gab says to go ahead and push the Pats to the back of the pack because that’s where they like it.

Odds & Sods

The fight for Jerry Thornton is over, as he officially endorses Brett Favre’s candidacy as the most beloved athlete in all of sports. Speaking of pseudo-retirement, Evans Clinchy speculates on Rasheed Wallace’s worth in a mid-season return next year. Marc Savard may not be returning, as Joe Haggerty has the center hurt by the B’s shopping him around this summer.

Toeing The Rubber rails against Rob Dibble and misogynists everywhere as she recounts some of her own bad experiences. And Another Thing . . . remembers the greatest baseball ballplayer and most significant musician of all time, who both died on this week 29 years apart. Boston Homer hopes that what goes around comes around for Dustin Johnson, who handled his two-stroke penalty on the 72nd hole in last weekend’s PGA Championship with class.

Let’s close on an important note, as NESN tells you how you can contribute to the Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon going on today and tomorrow.

Now, about that cap and beer

The Boston blogging landscape changes fast. It has to. New bloggers with a little spare time step into the jetstream daily, as existing ones struggle to retain reader share and their day jobs while manning shields against attack from the mainstream media. This is what I like to call the off-Broadway of the Boston sports world. These bloggers give us color – and sometimes, off-color – but they speak with an unfiltered voice that is missing in traditional outlets.

For 20 months now, Bruce has given the blogging community and me the chance to have that voice heard. It is an opportunity I can no longer reap. For me, the mainstream media has been most hospitable, and readers keep coming to our site. However, Week Log is falling victim to the most virulent of blogging obstacles: the day job.

In some ways I envy the full-time press who make a living at what is a true passion of mine, and have access to perqs I must stand in line and pay for. Then again, I can’t be fired for the vagaries of my headwear, so when The Man continually asks me to do more with less – as he is everywhere and to everyone in this economy – I can either comply or put on a Gators cap, grab a beer, and slide down the chute. The problem is, I’ve never looked good in a cap. The choice is one of necessity.

I’ll still be around, backing up Bruce on Morning Links and keeping slots open for the occasional special edition Week Logs, such as when the Sox make the 2010 playoffs. Look for advance notice on Twitter and Facebook. And, as always, I’m at [email protected] Thanks for all your support. Until the next gig . . .

9th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on Air Today

The 9th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon began with Dennis and Callahan this morning, and will run all day today and tomorrow. The broadcast is full of emotional patient and caregiver stories, and celebrity guests.

You can make gifts by phone at 877-738-1234 or online by clicking here.  A $10 contribution can also be made via text message by texting KCANCER to 20222.

If you’re able to do so, I highly encourage supporting this event.

If you’re in New Hampshire, you can listen to the Radio-Telethon on Sports Radio WGAM on 1250AM in Manchester and 900AM in Nashua. Each day from 4P-6P, Mike Mutnansky will host the locally produced “Hometeam” and blend local sports talk with local inspiring stories associated with the telethon.

The Red Sox continued their season long streak against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night, posting a 7-5win at Fenway Park. Get the full links at RedSoxLinks.com.

Bad breaks hardly whole story of 2010 Red Sox – Jon Couture notes that the Red Sox have more than just injuries to blame for their 2010 fate.

Major changes – Christopher Smith has a look at Felix Doubront, who is enjoying his time in the majors as a reliever and looking forward to his mother visiting from Venezuela next week.

Playoffs a miracle? Not for Red Sox – Gordon Edes has the confident Red Sox not feeling pressure to make the playoffs.

Jacoby Ellsbury a sore subject – Steve Buckley gets the outfielder to speak privately about how the media criticism has hurt him.

Still plenty of Sox subplots – Lenny Megliola offers a number of thoughts on the Red Sox.

Cameron to have surgery within 2 weeks – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Mike Cameron’s season coming to an end with surgery.

Patriots

The Patriots play their second preseason game tonight, down in Atlanta on FOX.

There are a number of columns today telling us what to look for:

Albert R. Breer – Mike Reiss – Christopher Price – Tom E. Curran – Ian R. Rapoport – Rich Garven – Glen Farley 

Rookie Spikes shifts right into the fast lane – Robert Mays has a look at the insider linebacker from Florida.

Time not right for Wes Welker to play – Karen Guregian thinks that the Patriots should hold Welker out tonight.

Brandon Deaderick may prove plucky 7 – Rapoport’s notebook has the seventh round pick from Alabama getting a shot to make an impact.

‘Hard Knocks’ Week 2: Not so heavy on Rex Ryan – Kirk Minihane reviews last night’s episode.

C’s mailbag: One more hole to fill – Chris Forsberg thinks the Celtics need another swingman, but there’s no rush.

Marco Sturm Vows to Comeback From Injury to Help Bruins in 2010-11 Season – Douglas Flynn has the veteran winger determined to help the Bruins this season.

Revolution burned by penalties – I had turned to CSNNE last night to check out some Sports Central, and the Revolution game was still going on. The ending was pretty intense, which some really bad calls in the final minutes. Frank Dell’Apa reports on the game.

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.

Sox/Angels Tickets Plentiful, Prices Continue Low

Despite a small, last minute jump in the price, tickets for this series between the Red Sox and Angels continue to be available at great prices. This morning’s Globe article examined the drop in prices and how it is impacting both individual scalpers and companies like Ace Tickets.

With Dustin Pedroia returning to the lineup tonight, the price has jumped a bit, but look at what tickets are selling for over the next two nights:

In the past, this would be a game in huge demand. With the Sox scuffling a bit and on the edge of the playoff race, it’s well down from those levels. In fact, in checking the BSMW TiqIQ Deal Zone, bleacher seats are selling for as little as $16. That’s 68% below face value.

Patriots Hit Atlanta, Sox Back Home

The Patriots are in Atlanta this week for a couple of joint practices with the Falcons prior to Thursday night’s preseason game.

Going back to old way of tuning up – Albert R. Breer has Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff talking about what the teams hope to accomplish with this arrangement.

With help from Brady, Hernandez opening NFL career on strong note – Christopher Price has a look at how Tom Brady is taking Aaron Hernandez under his wing in this training camp. Mike Reiss has a look at the Patriots new look at tight end.

Longtime reserve defensive lineman Mike Wright gets shot – Um, nice headline to Ian Rapoport’s article on the D-Line backup, who will again see a bigger role this season.

In this corner: Terrence Wheatley – Karen Guregian has the 2008 draft pick stepping up his game in this camp.

Patriots’ confidence grows in Brian Hoyer – Robert Lee has the Patriots backup QB continuing to grow in his role.

Welker game plan incomplete – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has the Patriots not revealing their plans for the receiver this preseason.

The wizard – David Willis has a look at Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias and his ability to thrill fans simply by taking infield practice.

Future spree: On a hectic day, Sox spend heavily on draftees – Alex Speier has the Red Sox wrapping up business with their draftees, including signing prized right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo.

Dustin Pedroia a sight for sore eyes – Joe McDonald says that the second baseman will provide a much-needed spark in his return to the lineup.

Power surge recharges Hall – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Bill Hall enjoying baseball this season.

Losses are piling up for scalpers – Robert Mays looks at plummeting business for scalpers outside Fenway Park. A look at TiqIQ shows the average ticket price for Red Sox games dropping to the lowest in years. The average price to tickets for Wednesday and Thursday’s games are $37 and $36 respectively.

A dream duo for Davis – Scott Souza has Glen Davis thrilled to have the opportunity to play with his idol, Shaquille O’Neal.

New Bruins Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis Expected to Replace Craig Ramsay’s Experience – Douglas Flynn has a very good look at the new Bruins assistant coach.

Sox Wrap 5-5 Road Trip, Return To Fenway 5 Games Out

The Red Sox finished up a 5-5 road trip yesterday with a 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Red Sox left wanting more from road trip – Sean McAdam says that despite a .500 record on a tough 10 game trip, the Red Sox wanted (and needed) more.

Gyroball student becomes the master: Wilson offers Matsuzaka a lesson – Alex Speier has C.J. Wilson shutting down the Red Sox on a pitch he learned from Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Kalish could turn into a central figure – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook says that rookie Ryan Kalish could figure into the Red Sox centerfield plans.

The Patriots lost Ty Warren for the season on Friday, placing him on injured reserve. Yesterday they placed receiver Torry Holt on injured reserve. In addition, Derrek Burgess and Ron Brace made their training camp debuts for the Patriots.

Rash of injuries tests Patriots’ depth – Mike Reiss has the Patriots already scrambling to update their depth charts.

Hoping to make a splash – Albert R Breer has a report from the Miami Dolphins’ training camp.

Stiff competition for linebacker – Paul Kenyon has a look at the candidates to start at linebacker for the Patriots.

Brace finally cleared to play – Jennifer Toland has the 2009 second round pick finally getting on the practice field.

Veteran Holt won’t catch on this year – Monique Walker’s notebook has more on Torry Holt’s run with the Patriots coming to a swift end.

Flutie’s final fling – Lenny Megliola has a look at Billy Flutie as he enters his senior year at Boston College.

Around The League – Preseason Week One – Jeremy Gottlieb resumes his Patriots Daily weekly roundup of the NFL.

On the flipside:

Derrick Burgess was there in body, but mind also?

I’m never a fan of “body language” columns, and Karen Guregian goes that route this morning, and takes it to a new level, as she tells us that Burgess’ eyes were wandering during the morning walkthrough, and that he looked like he wanted no part of rookie cornerback Devin McCourty and how he overall looked like he’d rather be at the dentist.

It’s hard enough to analyze what is going on out on the field without trying to also analyze what is going on inside a player’s head.

Gresh and Zo Weigh In On Jacoby

Front and back MRI this time Jacoby. You pussy. Feel bad for Ty Warren. That sucks.Sat Aug 14 13:44:16 via Echofon