Sox Can’t Handle Texas Heat

The Red Sox were shut down by Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson last night as they fell to the Texas Rangers 4-0, dropping a full game behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Degree of difficulty – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox stifled by the Texas heat. Sean McAdam leads off the CSNNE.com game story feature.

Mike Napoli makes Red Sox pay – Last night’s big blast was  a three run homer from the Rangers’ DH – a player that Joe McDonald notes the Red Sox tried to claim off of waivers last season.

What we learned Monday night: Red Sox fans should remember the name ‘C.J. Wilson’ – Rob Bradford looks at a pitcher who has owned the Red Sox.

Don’t mess with Texas – John Tomase notes that avoiding a first-round matchup with the Rangers might be the biggest motivation to win the AL East.

Boiler Room: The Red Sox’ wild ride at the deadline to sign draftees – Alex Speier looks at the Red Sox scramble to sign draftees.

All’s now going wrong – Scott Lauber’s notebook has Josh Reddick slumping at the plate, and not getting a key call in the field last night, either. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has Andrew Miller earning another start. The Red Sox Journal has Clay Buchholz encouraged about his back for the first time in a while. The CSNNE.com notes from McAdam have Erik Bedard getting saddled with a tough-luck loss.

WR Tyree Barnes chased pirates in Navy – Ron Borges has the Patriots hopeful recalling his time in the Navy chasing pirates off the coast of Mogadishu.

Haynesworth impossible to defend on, off the field – Gerry Callahan weighs in on the Haynesworth situation.

Can McCourty improve upon his Pro-Bowl rookie campaign? – Kevin McNamara has the second-year cornerback looking to build on an impressive first season.

Patriots: 5 have capitalized, 5 haven’t – Mike Reiss has five Patriots making the most of their training camp opportunity, and five who have not.

Patriots start to shift their focus from camp to regular season – Christopher Price has the Patriots moving from training camp mode to game plan mode.

No raining on Patriots’ parade – Chad Finn risks eternal alienation by his Globe/Boston.com colleagues by writing a positive column about the Patriots.

Wilfork has ‘moved forward’ – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has the Patriots defensive lineman moving on the from University of Miami scandal. The Herald notebook from Ian R. Rapoport has Logan Mankins looking for improvement from his offensive teammates. The Gatehouse notebook has Mankins impressed with what he’s seen from first round pick Nate Solder thus far.

  • latetodinner

    Pet Peeve of this Week; whenever an athlete says "That is in the past, I don't want to discuss it any more, I have the support of my team mates and organization, I just want to look forward." When he does so without admitting he did what he is accused of, drives me nuts. Case in point Vince Wilform and the U of M scandal. I could care less whether he was given illegal or unethical cash payments to play division 1 football. THere are a lot of people in this world who do a lot dumber things with a lot more money on a regular basis. I do think the U of M should get the death penalty and Donna Shalala should be totally discredited but that is a different argument.

    Its the arrogance of players who treat the fans as if we are stupid. Just admit what you did on a Friday afternoon (slow news cycle) and move on. I don't care if it is Roger Clemens, Vince Wilfork, Reggie Bush, Kobe Bryant, Mark McGuire etc. As soon as you say "I am not looking back"…you are admitting you are guilty because you refuse to deal with the consequences of a decision you made. In Wilfork's case it is not that complicated. He can't be punished by U of M. He did nothing that he could face legal consquences for. So why cover for Miami football? Why not say "this is what I did, I am not proud of it, but I am a man and I take responsibility for the decisions I made. I like to think it made me a better person which is reflected in how I raise my children and what I give back to the community."

    It drives me crazy when these people think we the fans don't deserve explanations. Tell us what happened so the story can go away. It worked for Andy Pettite.

    • APimpNamedDaveR

      It's patently unrealistic to expect someone to admit participating in an illegal activity. I i were Wilfork's attorney, I'd be advising him to say absolutely nothing (i.e. exactly what he's doing) unless the Feds were willing to immunize him from prosecution in exchange for his testimony. Expecting anything different is as naive as expecting killers to walk into jail and confess all their murders.

      I'm fairly certain that Pettite had been granted immunity for any Federal crimes he may have committed with respect to his HGH use as a condition for talking to the Feds. I'm not aware that Wilfork has been granted any such immunity.

      • latetodinner

        Dave:You are a much better attorney than the rest of us…and I mean that in a good way as your opinion is always well respected…by me at least. But realistically what could Vince be prosecuted for? I have to believe any statute of limitations is up. What he did was unethical and violated NCAA rules but I doubt it violated any law in Florida. How would that law be written?Look I know he is getting advice to say nothing. His initial tweet was pure legalese. It does not mean I have to like it or respect it. Like I said it is a Pet Peeve. I wish these guys could own up to what they did instead of insult us and say “I am only looking forward”. That is pure Bull pucky…if it were true you would not have gotten the legal advice that said…say nothing…in the first place. If you really are going to feed the fans that line of poo then say absolutely nothing. Not no comment…just silence.Pettite did get immunity…the same immunity offered to Clemens.

        • Winning_

          "It drives me crazy when these people think we the fans don't deserve explanations."

          – By all accounts, we don't deserve anything as fans. We often get explanation because the subject wants to repair an image, not truthfully apologize.

        • latetodinner

          So true, Winning.

        • APimpNamedDaveR

          Well, tax fraud for one. And depending on whether he received Federal benefits as part of his Miami scholarship package, certain fraud-against-the-government crimes as well. In theory, he could actually be charged under the general Ponzi scheme prosecution if his ties to Shapiro were close enough and the feds decided to go RICO on him. (That's obviously sort of absurd, but RICO is incredibly broad in its potential application — which is a story for another time.) The University might also have a civil action against him w/r/t his scholarship money if he fraudulently concealed his payoffs from them. Miami stands to lose millions of dollars from all of this, and it's not outside the realm of possibility that they would come after the players who took the money for those damages (or at least for the value of the scholarships granted to them).

          As for the SOL — The statute of limitations on criminal fraud is usually pretty long, and for Federal civil tax fraud (i.e. getting the tax money from you vs. putting you in jail), it basically doesn't exist. Not only that, but in some jurisdictions it doesn't begin to run until the fraud is actually discovered, especially for civil fraud actions.

          The likelihood that he'd be prosecuted for any of this is nil (the Feds and the state of Florida really want the other Shapiros who were funding the program's illegality, not the players who took the money)… unless he voluntarily admits guilt in a public forum. Then it's an easy case that you can give to the new hire fresh out of law school to prosecute. Would they actually prosecute him? Well, if you have a guy who openly admits committing a crime (even a nonviolent white-collar crime like these would be), eventually someone's going to start bitching about how the scofflaws are going free, etc. etc. etc. Probably Gerry Callahan, as a matter of fact.

          Which is why he'd be insane to admit to anything, ever, unless it's part of an immunity grant.

        • latetodinner

          Thanks Dave…we little people always forget the tax laws and implications. So as much it is a pet peeve of mine he is never going to “cowboy up” and take responsibility for his actions. Great! Another reason to cheer for the laundry and make no persona attachments to the Player.

  • JTK177

    Just read Greg Easterbrooks Tuesday Morning Quarterback for some reason. He still harps on Spygate:
    "The New England Patriots have not won a playoff game since Spygate broke. Bill Belichick continues to refuse to say, "I cheated and I apologize." Until he does, the football gods will torment this team by allowing the Patriots to play very well during the regular season, then denying them in money time."
    Is it me or is he trying to battle the CHB for the worst Columnist ever?Those two need to find something new to write about

    • latetodinner

      He is an anti semite…don't read him…don't care how bad he is.

    • Lance_

      Easterbrook is like a national version of Felger – whenever he says/writes something he tells you how smart he is then communicates an amazingly stupid idea or thought. That being said I'm like LtD in that I haven't read anything by him since around 2005.

    • Tony

      I thought he'd jumped the shark 4 years ago when he compared Spygate to the 1919 Black Sox scandal (yeah, consorting with known violent gangsters and criminals to throw a World Series is EXACTLY the same as videotaping opponent's signals–a common practice that was never declared to be "illegal" or "cheating" until the NFL got a new commissioner in 2006). But this statement of his may be the most idiotic thing he's written, ever. Of course, I haven't read a word the anti-semite has written since 2007, so it's entirely possible that he's written dumber things besides this.

      • JTK177

        He has written dumber things. I tend to not read him…and people think Simmons is long winded…But I check in from time to time and its always the same the Patriots are evil and the Colts are angelic. Same old Crap Different Day.

    • Hoss

      He's also factually inaccurate, in that the story "broke" at the beginning of the season. The Patriots won 2 playoff games that year before the Superbowl-that-shall-not-be-named.

      Tomase's bogus story appeared Superbowl weekend, but the whole big thing broke prior to the playoffs. But hey, never let those pesky facts get in the way of your witch hunt, eh Greg? Why don't you put that down in your notebook?

    • Paul of Fox

      Not only is Easterbrook an idiot, he's also wrong. The "Wrong Camera Placement-Gate" was kicked off at the very beginning of the 2007 season. The Pats then went 16-0, had a 1st round bye, then beat the Jags and the Chargers in the playoffs(!) before losing to the Giants. So, the Pats have indeed won two playoff games after the story broke and the over-reaction by all and sundry.

  • NutCracker

    These guys like Wilfork may come clean and cooperate with the authorities behind closed doors but I don't expect them to open up to the press to what truly happened. As a fan I understand their silence. Personally, I don't fault the players at all. Many of these young kids come from very poor backgrounds and are thrown into this whole new world that they're not used to and worms like Nevin Shapiro exploit their innocent ignorance. It's the school administrators that allow these "wealthy generous alumni" to hang around these kids and wine and dine them who are at fault. They know what is going on. This isn't the first time that Miami has been accused of this payola stuff. These schools stand to make big, big money so they look the other way. The kids are guilty of succumbing but I kind of understand why they do.