David Ortiz hit his 31st homer of the season, and had four RBI as the Red Sox beat the Orioles 6-1at Fenway Park last night. John Lackey got his 13th win of the season, and Josh Reddick added his first home run of the season in the win as well. Get all the stories at RedSoxLinks.com.
Ortiz leads Red Sox to victory, then talks about the possibility of leaving town - Daniel Barbarisi has a look at the big night from Ortiz, followed by talk of wanting a new deal, one without a home town discount.
Jonathan Papelbon won’t be leaving - John Tomase says you can count out a trade involving the Red Sox closer this offseason.
Ken Burns proud to present 10th inning - Michael Silverman with a look at the latest installment of “Baseball.”
Red Sox Notes: Red-hot Victor Martinez playing his way into a rich contract - Barbarisi has the Red sox catcher once again putting up big numbers.
Patriots’ second-half surety is gone - Jeremy Lundblad looks at the Patriots inability to hold second-half leads.
Brady’s not quite dialed in yet - Tom E Curran says that the QB isn’t quite himself yet.
Bagging Buffalo is a key in hunt for division title - Albert R Breer explains why this is such a big game for the Patriots.
Kevin Faulk has not left the building - Ian Rapoport has the injured running back saying that he will remain with the team, helping out in any way that he can while he rehabs his knee.
Without Faulk, this could get ugly - Hector Longo thinks this team could implode without Faulk.
Adjustments coming for Patriots - Mike Reiss says that the entire offense may need to be adjusted without Faulk.
Patriots Notes: Morris, Woodhead say they’re ready to help pick up the slack - Robert Lee has a pair of backs looking to fill Faulk’s shoes.
Worry Wart – Game Three vs. Bills - Chris Warner is still wary of this week’s opponent.
Bruins beat Canadiens in exhibition opener, 4-2 - Joe Haggerty has the Bruins looking good in their preseason opener.
Boston Bruins rookie candidate Joe Colborne can’t wait for his first NHL exhibition game. - While Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron got to play last night, the 2008 first round pick get his chance tonight. Mike Loftus has that story and a few other notes.
Concussion cases hard to figure - Joe McDonald says that aftereffects can vary greatly from case to case.
Julien impressed by Caron - Fluto Shinzawa’a notebook has the coach impressed with the 2009 first round pick.
Random observation of the morning:
Bill Simmons has been hosting PTI on ESPN this week, and was a guest of Dennis and Callahan this morning. Simmons talked about the experience of hosting PTI, and weighed in on the Patriots and Celtics. At the end, John Dennis told Simmons that his fly was down on the show yesterday. It was a curious comment, but typical of a bully-type trying to make someone else feel foolish and himself appear like the veteran TV guy. Simmons’ fly wasn’t down, and Dennis’ comment was pretty transparent in its objective.