On a day in which they really needed a doubleheader sweep, the Red Sox took the first game 5-3, but dropped the nightcap, 4-2 in a game in which Adrian Beltre was ejected by a rookie umpire before the third inning for some friendly trash-talking with his friend and former Mariners teammate Felix Hernandez. Get all the links at RedSoxLinks.com.
A golden opportunity wasted - Daniel Barbarisi has the Red Sox blowing a chance to inch closer in the standings.
A little knuckleheaded - Nick Cafardo says that this game was lost the moment the Red Sox decided to start Tim Wakefield instead of Jon Lester.
‘Smack talk’ gives Adrian Beltre boot - Gordon Edes looks at the misunderstanding that led to Beltre’s ejection.
Grooming a replacement? Bard/Papelbon recalls a Yankees relief duo - Alex Speier talks to the Mariners bullpen coach, who says that the Red Sox closing situation reminds him of the mid-90′s Yankees.
Playing the angles in left field - Peter Abraham looks at the revolving door in left field for the Red Sox.
Unforgettable - Lenny Megliola remembers Greg Montalbano.
The Patriots play their third preseason game tonight at Gillette Stadium against the St. Louis Rams. What are you going to watch for tonight? Let the guys covering the team tell you:
Homecoming for Grafton’s Spagnuolo - Rich Garven looks at a homecoming for the Rams coach, who has defensive coordinator of the Giants, put an end to New England’s perfect 2007 season.
No worries when it comes to safety - Karen Guregian says that the safety position seems to be one area in the defense with no concerns.
Bodden’s presence means Patriots have one less question answered - Glen Farley says that Leigh Bodden offers stability on the right side.
Patriots still lacking finishing touch - Jonathan Comey says that the Patriots perhaps one defensive lineman away from making a Super Bowl run.
Numbers are in place for Patriots-Brady deal - Steve DeOssie hears that there are just a “couple t’s to be crossed, i’s to be dotted” in a new contract for Tom Brady.
‘Hard Knocks’ diary: Torture, f-bombs and one noodle arm - Kirk Minihane reviews the latest episode.
Jets lead NFL in talking, little else - Mark Farinella is taking a wait-and-see approach on the Jets.
With a spot to fill, Ainge is looking - Julian Benbow has the Celtics boss looking to fill one more roster spot.