Sox, Yankees Set To Fire Up Fenway

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With the stretch run approaching this week’s Red Sox/Yankees series at Fenway Park takes on added importance to both teams, even though they are each reasonably assured of a postseason spot.

Dynamic duo: Ellsbury, Granderson embody game’s new superstar class – Alex Speier looks at the the new superstar outfielder in this rivalry.

Weighing the scales on Cano vs. Pedroia – Christopher Smith looks at the battle of the star second basemen of the two clubs.

Sox vs. Yankees: A battle of matchups – John Tomase looks at those two matchups, plus a few more, including Gonzalez/Teixeira.

Playing well is Sox’ 1st priority – Michael Vega says that even though both teams seem assured of a playoff spot, playing well against each other is still very important.

Red Sox need just 176 wins to catch Yanks – Bill Ballou has the Sox slowly making up ground in the all-time matchup.

Sox look to maintain complete control over Yanks – Mike Fine looks at the Red Sox dominance of the Yankees this season.

Likely to be pitched battle – Vega’s notebooks has John Lackey looking to  keep beating the Yankees.

The Patriots announced their first wave of cuts yesterday, and among them was veteran safety James Sanders. He’s a guy I’ve had a lot of respect for, and who has been a steady guy for them in the secondary. The reaction from the media on Twitter about the cut tipped you off that he was also a favorite of theirs, and likely a good source for many of them.

This cut has deep impact – Karen Guregian notes that this move means Brandon Meriweather no longer has a safety net.

Stormy start to a critical week for Patriots – Tim Britton looks at a rough start to the week for the Patriots.

Shooed from darkened stadium, Pats release 11 – Mark Farinella hopes that Bill Belichick gave his released players enough cab fare to get back to the stadium to pick up their belongings.

Deion Branch: Zero concern about no catches – Rich Thompson has the Patriots receiver not concerned about his catchless preseason.

Those missing need to be seen – Monique Walker’s notebook has the Patriots still needing to get a look at several players before making the final roster decisions.  The Herald notebook from Dan Duggan has the Patriots moving their Monday meetings because of a power outage at Gillette. The Patriots Journal has more on Branch.

Belichick to star in two-part documentary on life – Jimmy Toscano looks at the NFL Films Documentary on the Patriots coach which was announced yesterday.

The irrelevance of the sideline reporter – Kirk Minihane wonders if there is any value to the sideline reporter anymore.

Random Quote

But that didn’t make up for the fact that the Pats bollixed up that first pick like amateurs.

— Kevin Mannix, Boston Herald, 04/25/05, After the Patriots selected Logan Mankins
  • tl;dr

    Guess I'll be listening to TSH for the next two days…

    (The thumbs down button is to your right…still doesn't change my opinion)

    • My name is Acie Earl

      Wow. You are so edgy.

      • tl;dr

        Thanks but I wasn't trying to be edgy. Ahh sarcasm…the tool of the slow-witted.

  • Nicky_B

    "Kirk Minihane wonders if there is any value to the sideline reporter anymore."

    A better question would be, "Was there EVER any value to having a sideline reporter?"

    • tl;dr

      For laughs perhaps. I still get a chuckle out of the "arrie" instead of "awry" soundbite and who could forget the Joe Namath incident?

      • etak

        Me! *googles* Oh, hey, drunk Joe Namath. Thank you, that was fun.

        Anyway, the value of a sideline reporter is that it gives me a moment to check other channels. That's valuable!

    • MrEdRomero

      Looking at Heidi Watney is a valuable experience.

      • mallen

        I dunno. Ole Will McDonough was quite the looker back in the day.

      • Tony

        How awesome did she look in that rain hat she wore during the marathon, rain-addled doubleheader on Saturday? She somehow managed to look prettier wearing that thing. She's truly a natural beauty (and I actually like her work, too).