The Red Sox return to Fenway Park after a dreadful road trip to finish out the first half of the season with a four game series with the AL East-leading New York Yankees. Boston currently sits 7.5 games behind the Yankees.
Red Sox need to get well soon – Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox need to round into form quickly.
Dustin Pedroia down, out – Scott Lauber’s notebook has the Sox preparing to play this series without their sparkplug, who appears headed to the DL.
He’s working for tips – Alex Prewitt’s Minor League Notebook has Jackie Bradley Jr getting some tips from Carl Crawford during his rehab stint in AA Portland.
Buchholz’s esophagitis a common problem – Wait, what? I thought it could only be caused by the fact that Buchholz was an out-of-control binge drinker…at least that’s what sports radio told me…
Forget a raise, what about a pay cut? Why David Ortiz and the Red Sox could confront a challenging negotiation – Alex Speier looks at why Ortiz still may not get what he wants, despite how good a season he has this year.
Ortiz complained about the media coverage in Boston recently, but there is no faster way to generate anger on sports radio than to be a professional athlete whining about being humiliated with a $14.575 million dollar contract for 2012.
Brandon Bass in mix, agrees to three-year deal – Steve Bulpett was first with the news yesterday that the Celtics had worked out a new deal with the power forward. Jessica Camerato talked to Bass about staying in Boston.
Ray Allen makes Heat wave – Bulpett also had reported that the Celtics were a hard push on Allen, attempting to meet his concerns by offering a no-trade clause or trade kicker into his contract.
Most media seem to think Allen is gone, A Miami TV station even reported Allen had signed with the Heat, but it turned out they were fooled by a fake Twitter account. This was the same station which jumped the gun on Derrick Rose’s torn ACL, reporting it, and then retracting it. In that case, they were lucky it turned out to be true.
Media Roundup: Erin Andrews Moves On From ESPN To FOX Sports – My SB Nation Boston Media Column looks at Andrews’ career shift. I didn’t go quite in the same direction as Tom Hoffarth, who wrote perhaps the most scathing and critical column on Andrews you’re ever likely to read.