Sox Split With M’s, But Really Needed Sweep

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:

Ian R. Rapoport - Christopher Price - Mike Reiss - Albert R. Breer - Tom E. Curran - Robert Lee

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.

Extension speaks well of Stephen Gostkowski - Rapoport’s notebook has the kicker getting a four year extension (first reported by Mike Reiss).

‘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.

  • Classless

    As you can see, umpires/refs/officials clearly control the outcome of games. Nobody can refute this.

  • Eddie

    I have yet to read anything good written by Kirk Minihane. Does WEEI.com actually pay him a salary? He got my attention a while back when he said that Jim Rice couldn't carry Ricky Henderson's jock. I then learned that he was too young to have ever been in a position to evaluate Jim Rice. Unless of course one values the opinion of a seven year old.

  • Tony

    Wait a minute, the "cheap" Patriots who "never pay anyone" just extended their Pro Bowl kicker for four years?

    How can that be?

    They're cheap and they never pay anyone.

    Felger, Borges, Breer: they all told me this was so.