Red Sox win third straight, trade deadline looms

The Red Sox defeated the Tigers 7-3 Monday night at Fenway Park. Clay Buchholz delivered his third straight outstanding performance going eight innings allowing three runs (two earned), on five hits while striking out four. Dustin Pedroia and Will Middlebrooks each hit two-run home runs supplying the Red Sox with all the offense they needed.

Today at 4 p.m marks the Major League Baseball trade deadline and plenty of rumors surrounding the Red Sox have surfaced, particularly surrounding Josh Beckett. Teams reportedly interested in the right-hander are the Dodgers, Braves and Ranges, but many Red Sox insiders have downplayed those reports (Alex Speier gave a good run down of where things stood last night with the team on the trade front).

Today should be more of the same with more rumors being thrown around, with most of them being just that, rumors. In the Twitter age no rumor goes unreported. It is very unlikely that the Red Sox will make a blockbuster move. If a move were to be made, it would be a minor one involving a current role player. Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, who has come up in trade talks, is unlikely to be dealt after punching a wall after grounding out last night. As always in this area and with this team, the trade deadline will be interesting.

The Patriots were off on Monday, but return to the practice field today. For all the Patriots coverage, visit patriotslinks.com.

Careful shopping needed in this market– Nick Cafardo looks at the Red Sox’ situation at today’s trade deadline and warns they need to be very careful in any deal they choose to make.

Sox reality check arrives with trade deadline– Gerry Callahan says today’s deadline is a “defining” moment for general manager Ben Cherington and the Red Sox organization.

Odds are against a Sox comeback, but it’s happened before– Tim Britton has although the numbers don’t look promising for the team to make the playoffs, it has happened before.

Clay Buchholz has come a long way– John Tomase has a look at Buchholz’s season, and how there has been a drastic improvement since the first few months of the year.

He’s only getting better– Alex Prewitt says Buchholz is now pitching like the ace of the Red Sox staff.

Dustin Pedroia continues to pull team together– Joe McDonald has Pedroia leading the team both on and off the field of late, and keeping the team close with the trade deadline looming. He also notes Pedroia is getting hot at the plate at the right time.

Pedroia backs up the talk with his bat– Maureen Mullen looks at the Red Sox’ second baseman and how his comments last Friday night may have fired both he and the team up.

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Pedro Is Yankees’ Daddy

At this point, the Yankees should just tip their cap to Pedro Ciriaco, who beat them for the second straight night, and is hitting .500 against the Yankees this season (11 for 22).

The Red Sox took two of three against the Yankees this weekend, but is this a good thing (the start of the hot streak everyone has been waiting for) or a bad thing (just an illusion that will prevent the team from making needed changes)?

I’m thinking the latter,

Valentine shows that he is feeling connected to the cause – Nick Cafardo rebuts Dan Shaughnessy’s claim that Bobby Valentine is actively trying to get himself fired.

Can disagreement bring harmony? – Gordon Edes wonders if Valentines ejection in the Red Sox win last night could finally get them going.

Wins in New York something to build on – Sean McAdam says that if this doesn’t get the Red Sox going, nothing will.

Andrew Miller miffed by criticism from ESPN’s Hershiser – Brian MacPherson has the Sox lefty upset that the ESPN analyst said he shouldn’t have been laughing in the dugout after giving up a two-run double to Andruw Jones.

Carl Crawford desperately trying to live up to his end of the bargain – Rob Bradford says that the outfielder is really, really trying to justify his contact.

Lots of issues complicate Josh Beckett deal – Scott Lauber says that Josh Beckett is unlikely to be traded.

Early takes from Patriots camp – Mike Reiss is impressed thus far.

New play’s no smoke screen – Karen Guregian says that there has been a lot of work on screen passes thus far in camp.

Cunningham in better spot after hard work – The Globe notebook has the third-year defender being honored for his offseason work.

Get all the Patriots news (Off day from practice today) at PatriotsLinks.com.

Two short, random, unimportant thoughts:

Listening to Jon Heyman on Gresh and Zo, The guy is 51 years old, but has always sounded like he’s 91 years old.

Is Gerry Callahan incapable of pronouncing Mike Aviles name correctly? He always says AH-va-less when it’s really uh-VEE-less.

Record Crowds At Patriots Camp, Olympics Start Tonight

…and oh yeah, the Red Sox are in New York to take on the Yankees.

12,000 people showed up for the first day of Patriots training camp yesterday, a figure that must have even the most obstinate people questioning their stand on whether the Red Sox are the clear #1 team in New England right now.

Get all the Patriots-related coverage at PatriotsLinks.com.

The Olympics begin in earnest tonight, kicking off Bob Ryan’s final assignment as the full-time columnist for the Globe before retirement.

In 1948, London Olympics provided different challenges – No, Bob wasn’t there in 1948, but while he was coming up at the Globe, Jerry Nason, who did cover those games for the Globe was still around, and Ryan looks at how things have changed, both from the venue and journalistic points of view.

NBC has new boss for Olympic challenge – Chad Finn is also in London for the games, and has a look at NBC’s coverage, including the utilization of several CSNNE staffers.

My SB Nation Boston media column is also on the London Olympics and NBC’s coverage of it. For some reason it hasn’t been posted just yet.

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch on Deadspin, the blogosphere’s rise and much more – Old friend Ryan Hadfield has a new blog at WEEI.com (Out of Bounds) which can basically be described as a Boston-centric version of Deadspin. He’s got an interview with SI media writer Deitsch, as well as thoughts on the media coverage of Tim Thomas’ comments on Chick-fil-A.

Question and answer with WEEI program director Jason Wolfe – The WEEI head honcho did an online chat this morning, which was more of a PR push than anything else. All is well! We’re happy with our choices! Dennis and Callahan have the best sports talk anywhere! Mutt and Lou are improving! Glenn is the best! Mikey Adams sure is whacky!

2012-13 Boston Celtics Schedule – The Celtics schedule was released last night, as expected the Celtics will open up against Ray Allen and the Miami Heat down in South Florida on October 30th.

Beyond the Arc: Jared Sullinger – Jessica Camerato has an interview with the Celtics top pick.