With the Red Sox magic number to clinch the division sitting at 12 with 17 games left to play, the team is set to face Tampa tonight looking to drop that number even further.
Clay Buchholz makes his (long awaited) return to the mound tonight against David Price as the series opens up in Florida.
How good are these Red Sox? So far, sooooooo good – Tim Britton digs into the transformation of this team.
Go ahead, think October – You have John Tomase’s permission to think about the playoff roster.
Clay Buchholz making timely return – Gordon Edes looks at what we can expect from the pitcher after 94 days since his last start.
Middlebrooks providing power Sox have been waiting for – Sean McAdam looks at the renewed effectiveness of the Red Sox third baseman, who has now hit 30 home runs in his first 154 major league games.
Brian Butterfield works with Xander Bogaerts a la Derek Jeter – Scott Lauber’s notebook has the Sox third base coach, who worked with a young Derek Jeter in the Yankees system, saying that he’s confident that Bogaerts can play major league defense at shortstop.
Yesterday afternoon, the Globe’s Gary Dzen, who covers the Celtics and writes the terrific 99 Bottles blog for Boston.com, had the following tweets:
Day after Pats season opener, close to 2,000 more views to @BostonDotCom Red Sox page than Patriots page.
Lots of talk of whether Boston is a Patriots or Red Sox town. @BostonDotCom traffic has historically favored Sox, though margin closing.
For all of 2013, @bostondotcom Red Sox page traffic doubles Patriots page traffic.
The numbers aren’t really terribly surprising – the Red Sox are going to catch a lot more of the “casuals” who just go to Boston.com or the Globe to get caught up on what’s happening. The Red Sox fan base is still probably wider. But you have to also consider that the Patriots played their first game since January this weekend, and the Sox have been playing since April.
Also, I can’t help but wonder if the Globe would get more Patriots readers if there was less of this:
I guess I missed these classics:
The Old Man And The Seymour – How Al Davis Rescued Richard Seymour
The Son also Rises: The Mark Davis Story
For Whom The Bill Tolls – The End of the Patriots Dynasty
To Have Brady And Have Not Bledsoe
The Sun Also Rises And I’ll Bash Belichick
A Farewell To Bledsoe’s Arms
The Throws Of Kill-a-drive Bledsoe
A Farewell To Arms – Because Kraft is Cheap
Death In The 1:oopm Afternoon Game
Green Hills of Oakland
The Dangerous Summer – When Kraft and Belichick Could’ve Stopped Hernandez.