Lineup Shift Can’t Lift Punchless Sox

Terry Francona finally pulled the trigger and moved Adrian Gonzalez to the outfield and got David Ortiz back into the lineup at first base. It didn’t help, as the Sox managed just one run – and that came on an RBI double from starting pitcher John Lackey – in a 2-1 loss in Philadelphia to the Phillies.

Phillies 2, Red Sox 1: Lackey pitches in, but Boston bats silent – Brian MacPherson has the Red Sox lineup again being shut down by the Phillies starter. More gamers from Scott Lauber | Peter Abraham | Sean McAdam | Tony Lee | Ron Chimelis | Gordon Edes

The two sides of John Lackey – Rob Bradford says that the perception of Lackey inside the Red Sox clubhouse is much different that the perception of it. McAdam has Lackey taking the hard luck loss last night. Peter Gammons had speculated on WEEI yesterday that Lackey might need Tommy John surgery. Edes has Lackey brushing off surgery talk following the game.

Big moves turned into no big deal – Nick Cafardo says that the moves of Gonzalez and Ortiz turned out to be inconsequential. John Tomase notes that the pair manages to survive in the field last night. Edes looks at Ortiz getting a rare start in the field.

Theo Epstein vows to do right by Sox on trade front – John Tomase has the Sox GM saying that he will do what it takes to improve this team at the deadline. Brian MacPherson has Epstein saying that the situation in right field will get better. Edes has the GM acknowledging that his team is not perfect, but will get better.

Low-scoring wins key to Sox future – McAdam says that the Red Sox need to find a way to win some low-scoring games.

‘Agonized’ Terry Francona needs perspective – Ron Borges blasts Terry Francona for using the word “agonized” in relation to his decision to move Gonzalez to the outfield. A typical din from Borges, as Francona is probably the most-grounded person in the Red Sox clubhouse.

Big paychecks have never made the players better – Bill Reynolds says that it is not the fault of J.D. Drew and John Lackey that they are being paid ridiculous amounts of money.

Epstein set to wheel, deal – The Globe notebook from Abraham has the GM vowing to be active up to the trading deadline. The Herald Red Sox Notebook reports that Clay Buchholz may not pitch again until after the All Star break. The Red Sox Journal has the Sox finding a way to get Ortiz and Gonzalez into the lineup. The notes from McAdam has the lineup shift not paying off.

Celtics keep focus amid uncertainty – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics trying to go about their business with the lockout looming. From all indications, I will guess that there will not be an NBA season in 2011-2012.

Stakes high as NBA nears a lockout – Shira Springer has more on the labor situation.

Cloudy future for Glen Davis – Mark Murphy looks at an uncertain future for the Celtics free-agent forward.

Boston Bruins have salary cap space to spend on free agents, but talent is scarce – Mike Loftus says that the Bruins could make moves if they want to, but the free agent class is very thin.

Bruins: Chara probe not a big deal – Stephen Harris has the Bruins not worried about Zdeno Chara’s upcoming interview with Montreal police.

In defense of Max Pacioretty – Slow news day, DJ Bean?

For once, a Boston Tradition that lives up to the name – Jerry Thornton with a very good recap of The Tradition.

2011 Approval Ratings – Gordon Edes

Today, we’re going to have a look at ESPNBoston baseball writer Gordon Edes.

Edes joined ESPNBoston in November of 2009, after spending just over a year with Yahoo! Sports. Prior to that, he had covered the Red Sox for 12 years (1996-2008) with the Boston Globe.

Edes went to high school in Massachusetts, and had his first article published in the Fitchburg, Mass. Sentinel when he was 14. During his career he has covered all four major sports (though mostly focusing on baseball) for newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the National Sports Daily and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. He returned home in 1996 to join the Globe.

While at the Globe, Edes was involved in the infamous Carl Everett confrontation, which resulted in the outfielder stating that he would not speak with the Globe, Edes, or his “Curly Haired Boyfriend.”


Sox Don’t Stand A Chance Against Lee, Phillies

The Red Sox went down very meekly against Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies, managing just two hits as Lee went the distance in a 5-0 Phillies win. Get all the coverage at

We’re rolling with pretty much a full version of the links today:

Cliff Lee cruises past rusty Josh Beckett, Sox – Scott Lauber has Josh Beckett struggling in his return to the mound. More gamers from Peter Abraham | Brian MacPherson | Sean McAdam | Ron Chimelis 

Ortiz set to grab glove – John Tomase has David Ortiz ready to play first base tonight, with Adrian Gonzalez moving to the outfield. Kirk Minihane says that it is Mike Cameron’s fault that the Red Sox are forced to play Gonzalez in the outfield. Tony Lee argues that the Red Sox shouldn’t panic after an anemic outing against Cliff Lee and do something they might come to regret.

Red Sox moves figure to be small – Gordon Edes says we shouldn’t expect any big deadline deals by Theo Epstein this summer. Nick Cafardo looks at 11 outfielders the Red Sox could have interest in.

Sox-Phillies is no ordinary series, regardless of what they say – Jim Donaldson says that this is not just another regular season series for these clubs. John Tomase says that the Sox should be thankful that Lee chose the Phillies over the Yankees.

Beckett sick of dealing with flu – Edes has Josh Beckett tired of his annual bouts with the flu.

Once on the fast track to Boston, Daeges now fighting his way back in Lowell – David Willis has outfielder Zach Daeges hoping to resurrect his once-promising career.

Tough situations have brought out the best in Daniel Bard – Tim Britton with a closer look at the performance of reliever Bard.

Hottovy sent down but hungry to taste MLB again – Jessica Camerato has a mini-feature on lefty Tommy Hottovy, who was sent down this week, but is eager to get back.

Jenks eyes fresh start – Lauber’s notebook has a frustrated Bobby Jenks hoping he can finally help the Red Sox. The Globe Red Sox notebook from Abraham looks at Beckett’s struggles last night. The CSNNE notes from McAdam say that Beckett was done in by just a couple of pitches. The Red Sox Journal has Terry Francona still not comfortable with the idea of putting Gonzalez in the outfield.

New NFL will be rich owners club – Norma Rae Borges continues her anti-management stand.

Ty Law says he’d like to retire as a Patriot – Chris Price has the former Patriot hoping to retire as a member of the team. Ian R. Rapoport also reports.

Youth added to blender – Gary Washburn says that the Celtics will need the right mix of moves to remain contenders.

E’Twaun Moore has some work ahead – Chris Forsberg says that the second round pick is not guaranteed a roster spot.

Larry Bird: ‘Good to come back’ – Greg Payne has Larry Bird happy to return to Boston for The Tradition last night.

Penders pens a worthwhile read – Bill Reynolds reviews three recently published sports books.

Dodger disarray hard to fathom – Mark Farniella weighs in on the Dodgers, Dale Arnold, the DH and more.

TV’s Tom Terrific – John Molori has a feature on NESN’s Tom Caron.