Rough Night All Around at Fenway

It was a rough weekend for the Red Sox, as they dropped two out of three to the Angels, including last night’s 10-4 whipping of Curt Schilling and company. The Sox were dangerously close to being swept over the weekend, as it took a late inning rally to salvage the one win in the series on Saturday.

Gordon Edes reports from Fenway about the game, the injury to Trot Nixon and all the trade rumors swirling around the club which have players on edge in the clubhouse. Michael Silverman looks at a night of just all bad news for the Red Sox. Bill Ballou reports on a night of precious little good cheer at Fenway Park. Joe McDonald has more on the Angels handing Curt Schilling his first home loss of the season. Tommy Hine has more on Curt Schilling getting rocked at Fenway Park last night. Scott Barboza also reports on Schilling perfect home record coming to an end thanks to seven extra base hits by the Angels against him.

Sean McAdam looks at the trade-rumor mill, and reports that those close to Roger Clemens claim he is sorry he picked the Astros over the Red Sox, and would love to be dealt to Boston, but will not ask the team to trade him. Alex Speier looks at Red Sox players getting dizzy with all the trade rumors swirling around them. Jon Couture has Terry Francona very comfortable with his team even if no further moves are made. Steve Buckley says that the injury to Trot Nixon last night might throw a wrench in to the Red Sox trade plans. Nick Cafardo reports on the Yankees acquiring Bobby Abreu, someone whom the Red Sox had been rumored to covet. Buckley gets opinions from the Red Sox clubhouse on the trade that netted the Yankees Abreu.

Amalie Benjamin has Curt Schilling extremely disappointed in his outing last night which saw him give up three home runs in an inning for the first time since 1997. Stephen Krasner has more on Schilling’s rough night, in which he kept battling despite his struggles. Lenny Megliola also reports on the shelling of Schilling.

Kelsie Smith reports on the injury to Nixon, which might leave the Red Sox outfield – and trade options – up in the air. Mark Murphy has more on the right biceps injury or Nixon, which could have him out for a while. Matt Kalman reports on yet more bad news, as Keith Foulke had to be scratched from his rehab appearance in Pawtucket yesterday. Kevin McNamara also has a report on Foulke. Murphy also notes that the Red Sox will be counting heavily on David Wells’ return to the rotation, which begins tonight against the Indians.

Edes’ notebook looks at the trade rumors around Mike Lowell and Mark Loretta, and has an update on Manny Delcarmen’s sore thumb. Silverman’s notebook looks at a rumored three way deal between the Red Sox, Rockies and Padres. The Projo notebook (or Red Sox Journal as they call it today) has a look at David Wells taking the mound for the Red Sox tonight. Hine’s notebook says Terry Francona hopes that the Indians don’t try to bunt their way on against David Wells and his rehabbing knee. Ballou’s notebook has Terry Francona remaining mum and any possible moves.

Patriots

Jerome Solomon says that one reason for the increased number of two-a-days in training camp this year is for the players to spend more time working on the fundamentals, something that Bill Belichick feels last years club came a short on. John Tomase looks at the training camp kicking battle of which rookie Stephen Gostkowski is participating. Tom E Curran has a look at Eric Warfield as the veteran tries to adjust to the Patriots system. Michael Parente has Warfield hoping to get a clean slate with the Patriots, and getting help from Tebucky Jones in learning the system.

Michael Felger wonders if the Patriots have enough depth at wide receiver. Alan Greenberg has Tom Brady extra focused with the longer offseason this year and confident he has the tools to succeed with this team. Albert Breer has Corey Dillon being as salty as ever this training camp. Bob Halloran says there is no room for emotion in the NFL.

Felger also says that Hawkins could be a key in the Patriots secondary, perhaps allowing Eugene Wilson to return to cornerback. Jennifer Toland says that Hawkins could also be filling in for Rodney Harrison if he is unable to start the season on the field for the Patriots. Curran also says that the Patriots defense works best as a group effort, with all players trusting each other. David Brown has old-timers Chad and Troy Brown imparting their NFL knowledge to the younger players on the roster. Ron Borges reports that the search for a new NFL commissioner is down to five candidates.

The Globe Notebook has Warfield diligently trying to pick up the Patriots system. Tomase’s notebook has Corey Dillon receiving the support of the fans in attendance yesterday. Toland’s notebook has Dillon feeling fine about his conditioning.

Highlights from the Weekend:

Kevin Paul Dupont had a very good feature on 19th century African-American baseball player Frank Grant, who was among those inducted into the Hall of Fame yesterday. Tony Massarotti’s Covering All Bases checked out the baseball playoff races, where, wouldn’t you know it, the wildcard might just come out of the AL East once again after another year spent with all the “experts” saying it wouldn’t. Rob Bradford had a look at how players like Mike Lowell deal with the rumors at the trading deadline. Nick Cafardo led off his Baseball Notes talking to five figures in the game about of baseball about what team they wouldn’t want to face in the playoffs. Maureen Mullen caught up with former Red Sox reliever Jeff Gray, 15 years after the stroke that ended his career. Lots of praise for Manny’s defense in the Red Sox Notebook from Sunday in the Herald.

Bruce Mohl of the Globe had an interview with Jim Holzman, president of Ace Ticket, and discussed the sometimes questionable tactics used by ticket resellers.

Mike Reiss had the Football Notes and checked in with things up in Buffalo with Marv Levy. Tom E Curran looked at Eugene Wilson showing his versatility by playing both cornerback and safety. Tony Massarotti had a look at Tedy Bruschi attacking training camp with zeal and vengeance. Albert Breer’s Patriots Beat said that the 2005 rookie class has to step into bigger roles this season. Ron Borges had a pair of very good articles over the weekend. Saturday he reports on Bill Belichick lamenting how the “Oklahoma Drill” isn’t prominently featured in NFL training camps any more, and on Sunday, had Chad Brown talking about his return to the Patriots and where he is in his career. John Tomase had more on Belichick pining for Oklahoma.

Mark Murphy’s NBA Notes say that the Celtics are a bit stuck now that the 76ers say that Allen Iverson is not on the trade market. Peter May checked out the rebuilding of the Indiana Pacers in the Basketball Notes. Scott Souza in his Courtside View had a look at Craig Smith as the former Boston College forward prepares for his shot in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The BSMW Power Play crew checked in with a look at the players the Bruins have added during this offseason. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell had a look at the Bruins hiring of Jim Benning as the club’s director of player personnel in her Hockey Notes. Benning had been the Sabres’ director of amateur scouting. Stephen Harris’ NHL Notes had a look at how the Bruins new roster could benefit Wayne Primeau.

NESN has Red Sox/Indians at 7:00.

Weekend Watch – Trade Deadline Weekend

The Red Sox take on the Angels in a big series this weekend at Fenway Park. Keep up with the coverage on the Red Sox Daily Links page, and get the view from the opposition in the pages of the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Daily News. Expect plenty of trade talk this weekend as well, with the MLB trading deadline coming up on Monday.

The Red Sox will be featured in both National games this weekend as tomorrow’s game is on FOX and Sunday is on ESPN. Viewers on Sunday will be reprieved of having to listen to Joe Morgan alongside Jon Miller as Morgan will be attending the Hall of Fame induction in the afternoon. Orel Hershiser will fill in for Morgan and Bonnie Bernstein will be the third member of the crew as she continues to fill in for Peter Gammons.

* Now that training camp is upon us, there will be daily stories in the papers on the Patriots. Keep up with them on the Patriots Daily Links page. Be sure to also check out the Patriots Game Day Page, the full training camp preview is now posted, including a position-by-position examination of the roster.

* A shout out to the Football Outsiders, who celebrate their third anniversary today. The site continues to grow nicely into their role as the gridiron version of Baseball Prospectus, and founder Aaron Schatz is an under-used resource for local TV and radio programming.

* Nice to hear Sean McDonough on the local radio this week as he guest hosted alongside Michael Holley. We could’ve used less lament from McDonough over losing the Red Sox gig to Don Orsillo, but all in all, it was good to have Sean back on the radio.

Of course, Glenn Ordway, Pete Sheppard and company proved themselves to be the class acts that we all know them to be by not participating in a “crossover” segment between the two shows and then making fun of and ripping McDonough once safely ensconced in their own program.

* It was also great to hear Gary Gillis on Friday in with Holley. Since leaving Channel 7 Gillis has been out of the sports media eye, to the point that Gerry Callahan joked during the crossover that he thought Gillis had died.

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* New on the bookshelves this month is Interviews from Red Sox Nation by David Laurila. It is a compilation of interviews that he has done for the RedSoxNation.net web site. It includes dozens of interviews from players from minor league prospects to Red Sox legends as well as media figures and long time fans and observers. The book is published by Maple Street Press and is available now.

National Media Columns

Lots of Harold Reynolds items sprinkled among these links:

Jim Baker, Nashua Telegraph – Media returns to normal after two Americans take wins abroad.

Richard Sandomir, New York Times – Statistics on the Spot for Yankees’ Broadcasts.

Andrew Marchand, New York Post -There’s A Tough Road Ahead For Reynolds.

Andrew Marchand, New York PostCall It The Wayne Event: Chrebet Eyed For SNY Jet Shows.

Neil Best, New York Newsday – Boss still draws rabid attention.

Bob Raissman, New York Daily News – Sid (Rosenberg) may soon sign back on.

Michael McCarthy, USA Today – NFL, cable operators square off.

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune – ESPN reporter regrets Soriano ‘scoop’.

Aaron Bracy, Courier Post – Starting 30th year, (Merrill) Reese still has love for game.

Bob Smizik, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Pirates nearing radio deal.

Laura Nachman, Bucks County Courier Times – Gudel still cooking on Comcast SportsNet.

Jane McManus, Westchester Journal News – Blogs blurring the lines.

Roger Brown, Cleveland Plain Dealer – FSN Ohio talks exclusive with Cavs.

Jim Sarni, South Florida Sun Sentinel – Boog and Zaslow are radio’s dynamic duo.

Dave Darling, Orlando Sentinel – ESPN knows countdowns.

Judd Zulgad, Minneapolis Star-Tribune – Gophers’ radio airwaves will become a beer-free zone.

Chris Zelkovich, Toronto Star – TV poker holds hot hand.

David Barron, Houston Chronicle – Houston Symphony to tackle music of NFL.

Dan Caesar, St. Louis Post-Dispatch – KTRS soars, but KMOX is No. 1.

Michael Lev, Orange County Register – (Al) Michaels turns page in broadcasting life.

Jim Carlisle, Ventura County Star – NBC’s pregame show strives to be different.

Larry Stewart, Los Angeles Times – Replay Edit Wasn’t a Conspiracy.

Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News – He’s in town for his favorite thing.

Jay Posner, San Diego Union Tribune – Don’t look for sports fix at 7/39, at least not at 5.

Patriots Pitching PUP Tents

The Patriots start training camp today for the 2006 season, and what promises to be an interesting year begins with 10 players landing on the PUP list to start camp. Deion Branch won’t be there today, but Laurence Maroney will be.

Get your season kicked off with the BSMW Game Day crew, who kick around a few issues on the minds of the fans as camp begins. Check back later today for an offensive and defensive preview.

Albert Breer broke the news last night that first round pick Maroney and the Patriots have agreed on a five year contract. This means all rookies are signed and will be on hand to start camp. Jerome Solomon rehashes the Branch situation and also reports on the contract for Maroney. Albert Breer also addressed the Branch holdout and the reasons behind it for both sides. Michael Parente also examines the Branch situation.

Tom E Curran looks at Bill Belichick as the coach begins his seventh training camp with the Patriots, and notes that after week three, he will become the teams all time leader in games coached. John Tomase has an optimistic preview to start camp, but feels there are five or so issues that need to be ironed out for this team to be really successful. Alan Greenberg updates us on who is healing and who is holding out for the Patriots. Ian Clark has a look at positions in transition for the Patriots and who might step up to fill bigger roles for the team. Eric McHugh has 10 pressing questions facing the team if they hope to get to Super Bowl XLI in Miami. Parente also offers up a special teams preview to kick off camp.

Curran’s notebook throws a new wrinkle into the Branch negotiations. The agent for the holdout wide receiver has stated that Branch will report to camp without a new deal if the Patriots promise not to use the Franchise tag on him next spring. The Globe notebook details the players placed in the PUP list to begin camp, and also looks at Chad Brown rejoining the fold. Tomase’s notebook looks at the same matters, as well as the release of linebacker Ryan Claridge.

The Red Sox have a big weekend series with the red hot Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting tonight. Gordon Edes has a preview of the series, which looks to be a competitive one at Fenway Park the next three days. Jeff Horrigan looks at rookie starter Jon Lester, who looks to be more efficient and keep his pitch count down in future outings, starting tonight. Bill Ballou says that this weekend’s series will feature a number of impressive young arms on display.

Karen Guregian looks at an amazing rookie class out there in baseball, and notes that Jonathan Papelbon might have a tough time taking home any postseason hardware. David Heuschkel takes a quick snapshot of the Red Sox and looks ahead to the rest of the season. Ron Chimelis wonders if the Red Sox rotation could be their downfall. Jessie Noyes looks at David Ortiz’s new role as corporate pitchman.

Steve Buckley says that the Red Sox should not include any of their top prospects in a deadline trade this weekend. Sean McAdam notes that competition is stiff in the trade market right now. The Herald looks at deadline deals since 1986 made by the Sox, highlighting four that helped and four that didn’t.

Horrigan’s notebook reports on Javier Lopez getting recalled from Pawtucket and has a number of other items of note. Edes’ notebook looks at Mike Lowell as a candidate for the AL Gold Glove award at third base. Nick Cafardo has a minor league notebook focusing on the Red Sox second round pick from last month, Justin Masterson who is pitching for Lowell.

Paul Gaeta offers up some fantasy baseball advice.

David Scott has a wide ranging edition of Scott Shots, where he examines Bob Hohler’s “$neaker War” series, the competition on the Patriots beat and a follow-up to NESN’s out of market issues. Fluto Shinzawa looks at TV networks’ attempts to deliver “clean” broadcasts – something that doesn’t always happen as TNT can attest to.