Sox take one on the Chen

Sox Take One on the Chen

Bruce Chen

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A Birds Blowout at Fenway South, 9-1

Miller Pitches Just Well Enough to Lose Again
Halama in the 7th, Cassidy in the 8th ... No Thanks
Damon Keeps Streaking Along with 2 Hits
Rentererror Gets No. 17, and RBI No. 31
Tejada They Fall: Miggy Gets 5 Hits, Raffy 6 RBIs
MatoSOS: O's CF Flashes the Leather, Robs Papi of HR
Here Come the Yankees

Payton's Place in Oakland?

Jay's Agent Says Bags Aren't Packed for Oakland Yet

Gammons on the Defending Champs' Problems

"There are problems here, not related to the bullpen. First, Damon and others may not mean it, but their tirades have indicated that they believe that because they brought Red Sox Nation their World Series, they are forever entitled, which means that if they do not win, it is management's fault and not the players. That, as Showalter points out, is beyond dangerous. 'It is insidious,' Showalter said."

"Damon and Millar are free agents and they have personal issues, and in a team concept, ME is inoperable, insubordinate and unacceptable if one wants to have a team. The mirror cannot be optional."

"Epstein is bringing Gabe Kapler, a superstar teammate, back from Japan. And maybe, where they had a starter-dominated team in 2004, they will have a team that wins enough 5-4 games in October to win another world championship."

"But the storms of this week had perilously too many first-person pronouns, too many references to last October. Francona knows that he has players like Damon, Jason Varitek, David Ortiz, Trot Nixon, Bill Mueller, et al that would maim to win." -- 7.9 ESPN's Peter Gammons Insider Column (Now subscription only)

Must See TV Sunday

"Just letting you know we just finished a pretty cool feature on the 'Top 10 Moments' of the first half of the Sox season. Lots of good stuff in there, like Mariano getting shelled and all the grand slams. The whole thing is set to music and came out pretty nice. It will air on Red Sox This Week, Sunday night at 10pm on UPN 38." -- 7.9 Brian Fox, CBS4-UPN38 (Also on Sunday night at 11pm, See the Top-10 Sox games of the first half of the season on NECN's on Sports Late Night.)

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Boston Globe:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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