It was a another rough outing for Josh Beckett yesterday afternoon at Fenway Park. The right-hander gave up eight runs on eight hits in 5 plus innings of work. The Red Sox battled back from multi-run deficits all game long, eventually tying the game at nine, but Adrian Beltre’s sacrifice fly in the ninth gave the Rangers the lead and the Sox couldn’t do any more in the bottom half of the inning, losing by a count of 10-9.
Following joint practices the past two days at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots and Saints will meet Thursday night for the Patriots’ first preseason game. It will be the second game for the Saints. Although the starters are not expected to play much, football being back is just what many fans in the area need right now with the Red Sox struggling. Also, it will give reporters and analysts game action to discuss, rather than what happened in practice. Hopefully it will put an end to some of the bogus story lines coming out of camp thus far such as: Is this offense going to be better than the one in 2007? or Is Tom Brady still a clutch quarterback, having not performed well in the postseason of late?
Another rough day for Beckett- Alex Prewitt looks at Beckett’s start on Wednesday, one in which he was boo’d off the mound when he was taken out in the fifth inning.
Root of all Red Sox woes- Michael Silverman says the majority of the problems with the Red Sox this season all come back to pitchers Jon Lester and Josh Beckett and their poor records.
Broken record: Beckett buries Sox- Joe McDonald looks at Beckett’s outing and season, one the right-hander feels like he is letting down his teammates.
Everything is wrong with Josh Beckett- Kirk Minhane looks at Beckett’s rough season.
Thanks to starters, Red Sox will be forced to call uncomfortable audible- Rob Bradford looks at the Red Sox starting rotation going into next season and possibly who the team might need to try and deal away, likely Beckett or John Lackey.
Playoffs?! You kidding me?- Gordon Edes says if the Red Sox don’t get hot on the upcoming 10-game road trip their playoff hopes will be all but over.
Brady, Brees pass the compliments- Shalise Manza Young and Julian Benbow in the Patriots notebook have the respect Drew Brees and Tom Brady have for one another.
Five things to watch for with Patriots vs. Saints- Greg A. Bedard has five things to watch for in tonight’s game.
Patriots: Five things to watch- Jeff Howe has his five things to watch tonight.
Ten spot: Who you should watch for Thursday against the Saints- Christopher Price has 10 players to keep your eye on tonight.
Things to watch: Patriots-Saints- Field Yates has 13 things to watch for in the Patriots first preseason game.