Monday was a busy day in the world of Boston sports, led by the return of Kevin Youkilis to Fenway Park. The Red Sox won the game 5-1 over the White Sox as a result of Adrian Gonzalez’ three-run home run in the eighth inning. The big story of the game was on the home run designated hitter David Ortiz appeared to injure his leg while rounding second base. Following the game manager Bobby Valentine said it was an achilles injury and he is expected to miss a few games. Ortiz said he would have an MRI Tuesday.
Ortiz injures achilles tendon- Nick Cafardo in his notebook has what a bizarre injury season it has been for the Red Sox.
Kevin Youkilis feels love at Fenway- Joe McDonald looks at the former Red Sox’ return to Fenway, a game in which he had three hits.
Kevin Youkilis feels comfortable with White Sox- Bob Ryan (subscription only) also has a look at Youkilis’ return to Fenway. It was Ryan’s last official Red Sox assignment with the Globe before he is set to retire after the Olympics. The media gave Ryan a standing ovation in the press box during the game.
Another solid outing from Aaron Cook- Maureen Mullen has another quality start from a Red Sox starter.
Crawford gets off to good start- Mullen also has a look at Carl Crawford’s first game back this season.
Ross can relate to Youk facing former team- Brian MacPherson and Tim Britton in their notebook have what Ross said it is like facing a former team.
In football news, Monday was the deadline for players who were franchised to reach long-term agreements with their respective teams. Otherwise the players will be forced to play the entire 2012 season under the franchise tag and cannot sign a long-term deal until the 2012 season is over. As expected the Patriots and Wes Welker did not reach a long-term deal.
What’s next for the Pats and Welker- Mike Reiss has the options the Patriots have Welker have regarding his next contract.
Wes Welker, Patriots, will wait- Jeff Howe has what the next off-season will look like for the Patriots and Welker.
In media news, Talkers.com came out with “2012 Talkers Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk”, ranking sports talk shows from 1-to-100. Boston was well-represened in the list as Dennis & Callahan came in at No. 7, followed closely by Toucher & Rich at No. 11. No. 21 was The Big Show and Felger & Mazz was No. 33. Rounding out Boston’s representation was Mut & Merloni at No. 73. Gresh & Zo were not on the list. Take this list for what it is worth.