Daisuke Matsuzaka, returning from the DL and pitching his first game in well over a month, led the Red Sox to a 5-1 win over the Royals in the finale of their four-game series. Matsuzaka was outstanding in his seven innings of work where he allowed one run over five inning. It was his first major league win in over 16 months. Jacoby Ellsbury and Cody Ross led the offensive with Ellsbury homering in the first inning while Ross finished with 3 RBIs.
Fresh start- Michael Vega looks at Matsuzaka’s outing yesterday.
Daisuke Matsuzaka eyes a strong future, but isn’t contemplating free agency- Alex Speier looks at yesterday’s start as well as the future for Matuszaka.
Careful on signing Papi- Steve Buckley says the Red Sox need to be careful this off season when deciding on whether or not to sign David Ortiz.
School of hard Sox- Michael Silverman looks back at the blockbuster trade and says he cannot grade it until he sees what the team does with the freed up cash.
[UPDATED at 5:30 p.m. with a few notable stories I missed this morning.]
Twenty-four hours that turned the Red Sox inside out- Rob Bradford has an in-depth look at what took place Friday and Saturday for Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto including quotes from Gonzalez and Punto.
After losing to Rockies, Josh Beckett takes on L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers- Bradford also has the exchange between Beckett and an L.A. columnist following last night’s game.
Where do the Red Sox go from here?- Gary Dzen has a number of questions/and answers about the future of the Red Sox in a photo slideshow format.
The Patriots cut their roster down to 75 players yesterday. Among the cuts were wide receivers Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth, both of which were surprising to many. The roster will once again be shrunk down Friday, when it will go down to 53 players, the mandated number for the regular season. Aaron Hernandez was also reportedly signed to a five-year contract extension worth $40 million.
Hernandez $41.1 million extension shows Patriots evolving- Greg A. Bedard says the future is bright with Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski locked up long-term.
Branch backs pro’s attitude- Ron Borges looks at Deion Branch and gets his thoughts on Gaffney and Stallworth being released.
Hernandez and Welker are world’s apart- Tom E. Curran looks at Hernandez’s extension and he and Welker are two different situations, with Hernandez being a much younger guy where the Patriots are looking to the long-term future.
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Did anyone else catch this picture over the weekend on Joe Haggerty’s Facebook page? I thought beer wasn’t allowed in the clubhouse, yet alone the dugout. Maybe LeLacheur Park is considered a road game. I guess he knew the rule on that one, unlike a few weeks ago in Cleveland with the Red Sox.