Rock Stars In Excess

Rock Stars In Excess

Red Sox's David Ortiz celebrates with teammate Johnny Damon after hitting a two-run homer off of Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Seth McClung during the first inning of their American League game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

(Reuters Photo)

MVP, Manny Lead 21-Hit Rout at the Trop
In the First Place, They Win 15-2
(But Darn Yankees Keep Pace)

Papi, Manny Collapse McClung, Rays
Should They Have Saved Some Runs for Tomorrow?
Big Bounceback: Nixon, 'Tek are Members of Four Hit Club
Look Ma, No (Official) Errors: But Rent-a-Bust is the Only Hitless Starter
Super Schilling Performance Gets Overshadowed by Offense
Delcarmen, DiNardo Throw Hat in New Bullpen Ring

Big Papi = AL MVP

(Boston Dirt Dogs / Brian G. Photo)

"Well maybe the All-Star game was too early to rally the wagon and start the push for Big Papi for MVP. Now maybe I'm coming back late. It's obvious that he is the biggest clutch hitter we have seen in years. What some might not know is how great this season is becoming. Since 1927, there have been only four players recording a season that consisted of final stats of +.300 average, +50 home runs, +150 RBI, +100 walks, and +100 runs: Babe Ruth '21, '27, Hack Wilson '30, Jimmy Foxx '32, '38, and Sammy Sosa* 2001. It certainly doesn't automatically win you a MVP award since Sosa did not win it in 2001 -- Foxx did win it in both his big years; pre-1931 MVP awards were rarer and awarded differently. This is obviously a magical offensive year for Papi -- and there is so much left to accomplish -- but he has my vote." -- 9.20, emailer Thomas W. Dolan Jr.

Wells Will Be Ready; Kapler Has Surgery;
Miller Next; Graffanino Out

Edes Mailbag: Schill the One?

Rock Star: INXS -- Congratulations J.D. Fortune
(No, It's Not About Johnny Damon and His Next Contract)

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Boston Globe:

Red Sox agree to deal with Pierzynski > Sox non-tender Bailey, Kalish > Sox face arbitration decisions

Boston Herald:

Sox set Bailey, Kalish free > Doug Fister dealt to Nats > White Sox agree to 1-year contract with C Flowers

ProJo:

Pierzynski reaches deal with Red Sox > Kalish, Bailey non-tendered > Mike Napoli still ideal at first base > Middlebrooks, Red Sox both looking for improvement

NY Post:

Cashman pessimistic on Yankees re-signing Cano > Report: A-Rod called PEDs 'Food'

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