The Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon off of waivers from the Detroit Tigers yesterday, but it remains unclear whether the 2004 World Series hero will return to the Red Sox. Damon has told Detroit reporters that he is leaning towards remaining with the Tigers, who are 10 games out in the AL Central and 15 games out of the Wild Card. Of course, that could just be posturing to get something further from the Red Sox. The other possibility is that the Red Sox would like Damon, but were more interested in making sure that Tampa or the Yankees couldn’t get him.
A primer for the Johnny Damon saga - Rob Bradford tells us all we need to know about the situation.
Don’t be an idiot, Johnny Damon - Michael Silverman wants Damon back with the Red Sox.
Damon’s return makes all kinds of sense - Joe Haggerty says that this needs to happen.
Give Do-it-all Bill Hall the 10th player award - Christopher Smith says that the utilityman should be honored by the club.
Gerry Callahan and Dan Shaughnessy composed very different columns about Roger Clemens. The former blasts the rocket, while the latter chooses to remember the good times with Clemens, including the time he sent a 6-foot teddy bear to Shaughnessy’s sick daughter.
Catcher improved, mystified - Peter Abraham’s notebook has Jarrod Saltalamacchia still without answers about the infection that landing him on the DL and in the hospital.
Fans: We’re not.
Ian Rapoport has friends of the holdout guard insisting that he’s prepared financially to sit out the season, with the hope that with a new CBA he’ll be declared a free agent. He lives on a self-sustaining farm and doesn’t spend money! He’s principled! It’s not about the money – he doesn’t spend money! But he’s not going to take less money! That Frank Bauer (Mankins’ agent) really knows how to get public opinion on his side!
Light: Us ‘trained pigs’ will be just fine - Christopher Price has Matt Light confident in the abilities of his new linemates.
Patriots getting healthy - Mark Farinella has several injured Patriots returning to practice yesterday.
Guyton seeks his role after knee injury - Jennifer Toland has the Patriots linebacker looking to get back into action with his return to practice.
Tom Brady alone in knocking ‘Knocks’ - Mike Reiss has the QB’s teammates not following his example in expressing hate for the Jets and ‘Hard Knocks.’ And here’s Reiss being too soft on the Patriots again.
The Running Back Issue - Chris Warner tries to figure out if there is rhyme or reason to how Bill Belichick uses his running backs in the preseason.
I’d avoid Karen Guregian and her high horse this morning as she demands to know why Quinn Ojinnaka was not made available to the media to “provide some explanation for his past problems at home.” She then launches into how the Jets are signing all their malcontent players, why can’t the Patriots do the same?