The Red Sox seem to be officially playing out the string these days, loading up the lineup with rookies, but the kids looked good in a 12-5 rout of the wild card leading Tampa Rays. The Red Sox sit 6 1/2 games back in the wild card with 24 games left to play.
The bigger news this morning comes from the Herald, where Karen Guregian and Ron Borges report that the Patriots and Tom Brady are closing on a three-year extension that might be done within the next 24 hours. Dennis & Callahan also have sources saying that the deal is near.
No place like Boston for David Ortiz – Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox need to bring Ortiz back in 2011.
Minor misconceptions? The Red Sox’ minor league season in context – Alex Speier has a look at how the Red Sox top prospects fared this season.
Ryan Kalish making grand impact – Michael Silverman has the rookie outfielder hitting his second grand slam of the season.
Big step for Anderson – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Lars Anderson getting his first taste of the majors.
Bard Diary: Still a big series – The Red Sox reliever weighs in on Manny’s apology, and whether he could be a starter.
Randy Moss only wrong about the timing – Kirk Minihane says that Randy Moss gave the right message yesterday, but his timing was wrong.
Ten predictions for the 2010 season – Mike Reiss says 10-6 for the Patriots this year, and has nine other predictions as well.
Safety Jarrad Page loves move to NE – Ian Rapoport has the Patriots newest safety excited to come to the Yankees of the NFL.
Dane Fletcher’s Taking Nothing for Granted in Battle to Make Patriots’ Final Roster – Jeff Howe gets the undrafted rookie’s view of cutdown day and what he went through.
10 steps for the Pats to reach the Super Bowl – Hector Longo looks at what it will take.