You Gotta Bay-lieve!

Jason Bay of the Boston Red Sox is congratulated by Dustin Pedroia after scoring in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium August 5, 2008 in Kansas City, Missouri
(G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

J-Bay Brings His Bat; Beckett Brings His A-Game

Tuesday Night Box: Boston 8, Kansas City 2
Globe: Sox Come Up Aces vs. Royals
The Beckett of Old Almost Goes 7, Whiffs 7, Improves to 10-8
J-Bay Got 4 Hits Last Night, Just 2 for LA Ram: Advantage Theo
Will He Leave Tris Speaker in the Dust? Pedro Hits in 26th Straight Road Game
In the Beginning, Ortiz Gets Sox Clicking, Offense Keeps on Ticking
The Track Star Gets Back on Track with 2 Hits, 2 Steals
Iron Mike Lowell Plays Through the Pain, Sincerely Manny Ramirez
Chris Smith Makes It Look Easy, Sincerely Jon Papelbon
Pied Papi Pops J-Bay

"He's a good hitter, bro. We needed that." -- 8.5.08, David Ortiz... coming to grips with the loss of Manny

Bay (Kansas) City Roller

Bay double rolls on the wall
(FSN screen image)

It's Another Rolling Rally for Boston

"The center fielder almost caught it, so we'll take what we can get," Bay said. "I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. That's one of the most interesting plays I think you'll ever see." -- 8.5.08, Jason Bay on the rolling double

Has Joe Torre Lost His Juice?

Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Ramirez connects for a single in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008 in St. Louis.

LA Ram Is Apparently In No Rush to Get His Hair Cut
Get Used To Getting Kicked in the Teeth Joe
That's Just Manny Being Manny

More Manny Coverage Because You Know You Want It:
LA Ram is 10-for-16 Since Joining Dodgers, But He Gets Booed in St. Louis
L'Montro Has Not Been Given Green Light to Break Out the Scissors
LA Times: Is Manny Lighting a Fire Under Andruw Jones Now?
Long Beach Press Telegram: Manny's Injury Just Part of the Script
Edes: Just to Be Clear, 3 Sources Said Boras Called to Stop the Trade After Deadline
LA Times: Dodger Fans Spend Big on No. 99 Jerseys
Schilling Details Run-In with Manny First Reported in July 2005
Jon Heyman: How the Manny Trade to the Dodgers Went Down
Kevin Hench: Better Version of How the Sox-Dodgers-Pirates Call Went Down

"My understanding is he [Manny] didn't want the trade. He eventually wanted to stay in Boston. He's making a promise that he'd play hard, he'd do this and that, and that all sounds good, but the fact is we've been down this road before with him..."

"You can't take his word that 'yes I'm going to be great the rest of the year,' because we've seen in the past as a track record, even though it's a contract year, that something's going to flip him the wrong way and he's liable to say my knee hurts, my hamstring hurts, and all of a sudden he's on the DL for 15 days. That was probably the biggest thing they had to discuss in the front office before making this deal Can we trust him to be that way or is he going to be Manny of the past..."

"That's exactly what I heard [Edes report that Boras wanted to stop the trade]. I think when push came to shove I don't think Manny thought the Red Sox were going to trade him. Then when all of a sudden when a trade came down, Manny decided, who's kind of a creature of habit, 'I don't want to go anywhere, I'm gonna stay here and I'll be a good boy,' well it was too late by that point." -- 8.6.08, NESN analyst Jerry Remy on WEEI

Now It Can Be Told ...

Boston Dirt Dogs - Meir Weinberg
(Boston Dirt Dogs Photo Illustration / Meir Weinberg)

Boras Wasn't Behind Manny's Boorish Behavior After All
Ramirez Learned from the Best in the Business

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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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