For the second straight night, Jacoby Ellsbury won the game in the ninth inning for the Red Sox, this time slamming a home run into centerfield to break a 3-3 tie and give Boston a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Last night, following the game, Peter Gammons tweeted the following:
I love it.
That of course is in reference to this. It’s amazing how far we’ve come in a year with Ellsbury.
Contrary to popular opinion, Jacoby Ellsbury didn’t become a superstar overnight – Rob Bradford has a look at how Ellsbury has gotten to where he is right now. More on Ellsbury from John Tomase | Gordon Edes | Tony Lee | Mike Fine Joe Haggerty
Sox bullpen on pace to be one of the best – Brian MacPherson says that this bullpen is the best that Theo Epstein has put together in his tenure as GM.
Minor progress for Lowrie – Vega’s notebook has Jed Lowrie feeling good in his rehab stint at Pawtucket. The Red Sox Journal notes the similarities between Erik Bedard and Clay Buchholz this season. The CSNNE notes from Danny Picard have Jonathan Papelbon picking up another win. The Herald Red Sox Notebook has Tim Wakefield again failing to pick up career win number 200. The Telegram notebook has Dustin Pedroia being named player of the month for July.
The Patriots held a practice inside Gillette Stadium for season ticket holders last night. Tom E. Curran has the best and the worst from last night.
Patriots take nasty turn – Karen Guregian says that the defense might have a nastier tone than previous editions.
On defense, the X’s and O’s are still sketchy – Greg Bedard notes that the Patriots pieces are still coming together on defense.
Mayo, Spikes, Chung hold key on new-look Pats’ ‘D’ – Hector Longo says that Belichick has the pieces to create a new type of defense.
Patriots’ RB puzzle pieces in place – Mike Reiss examines the running back position for the Patriots.
Caserio plays it close to the vest – Curran has the Patriots Director of Player Personnel tight-lipped about possible additions to the roster.
Light sees his return here as a good deal – Monique Walker has Matt Light talking about his new deal with the Patriots.