Red Sox beat Royals, Matt Light officially retires

The Red Sox got back on the winning track by defeating the Kansas City Royals 11-5 Monday night in Kansas City. Will Middlebrooks was once again the star as he went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and five RBI’s to lead the offense. Felix Doubront pitched well enough to earn the win, going 6 1/3 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits, and striking out two.

Doubront answers bell in win over Royals- Sean McAdam has the Red Sox needed a big start from Doubront, and he delivered.

Middlebooks: Sox’ Roy Hobbs- Michael Silverman takes a look at the start to Middlebrooks’ big league career.

Middlebrooks lightning strikes twice- Gordon Edes has Will and his sister Lacey, a softball player at Tulsa, each having monster games on Sunday, including hitting home runs at virtually the same time.

Coming out swinging- Peter Abraham looks at Adrian Gonzalez and why his slow start isn’t concerning the slugger yet.

Improving on greatness: Dustin Pedroia looks poised for a career year in 2012- Alex Speier has a look at how this season could be Dustin Pedroia’s best year as a professional.

Matsuzaka feels good, even on an off night- Brian MacPherson looks at Daisuke Matsuzaka’s rehab start with Pawtucket.

After 11 seasons with the Patriots, left tackle Matt Light officially announced his retirement Monday at Gillette Stadium. Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick both spoke about Light before he took to the podium. While it is highly unlikely Light will make the NFL Hall of Fame, he is almost a guarantee for the Patriots Hall of Fame. Light is one of the five NFL players in history to start in five Super Bowls.

Matt Light reveals decade-long battle with Crohn’s- Mike Reiss looks at the battle Light had to fight after revealing he had the disease for the first time Monday morning.

Light retirement highlights post NFL- transition- Tom E. Curran has Light’s transition into his post football life and what that means for him, as well as others who have struggled to deal with it.

Light’s out: Veteran lineman calls it a career- Christopher Price takes a look at the 11-year career of the Patriots left tackle.

Matt Light remembered as a legendary prankster- Jeff Howe has how Light will be remembered as one of the biggest pranksters on the team and has some of his most memorable moments.

The Celtics and Hawks will play Game 5 tonight in Atlanta with the Celtics having a chance to close out the series and advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 5: Defense and rebounding fuel Celtics- Paul Flannery looks back at Game 4 and ahead to Game 5.

Quick closeout critical for C’s- Peter May says it is important for the Celtics to close out this series tonight, and not have to come back to Boston for Game 6.

No surprise: Pierce wants to play- Mark Murphy, in his notebook, has Paul Pierce wanting to play after suffering a knee injury prior to Sunday’s game. He highlights other injured Celtics including Avery Bradley (shoulder) and Mickael Pietrus (hamstring).

Celtics’ Bradley grows into key player- Scott Souza has Bradley’s role with the Celtics and more on his injured shoulder.

Premature to break them up- Gary Washburn says Danny Ainge and the Celtics should keep the “Big Three” together for one more season.

  • latetodinner

    I am a huge fan of Sean McAdam but today’s piece on Dubront’s performance last night was the kind of journalism that drives me crazy.  In a game where the starting pitcher gave up 5 runs (4 earned) in 6 1/3 innings (5.68 ERA) the media member lauds the performance.  In the 6th inning the game was still close 7-4 and it should not have been because the Sox were up 4-0 to start the game.  My point is let’s not gloss over the performances because Dubront was able to pitch into the 7th inning.  It was neither pretty nor amazing.  It was your average start for a team’s 5th starter.