Rude Wakening

Tim Wakefield, right, hands the ball to manager Terry Francona while leaving the game in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, May 28, 2010, in Boston.

Royals Flush Sox Again

MLB's Farm Team 12, Fortune .500's 5 | Wake Rattled and Rolled
The Ugliest Line on Earth: 3.2 IP, 12 Hits, 9 Runs, 3 BB, 1K
And Bill Hall Is Now the Best 1-2-3 Option Out of the Bullpen
Stolen Summer: Looks Like We've Lost the 2009 Jacoby Ellsbury Until 2011
Thurs: KC 4, Boston 3 | Dice-BB
The Godawful Daisuke Matsuzaka Rears His Ugly Head
8 Walks and 2 Steps Back for Theo's Greatest Blunder

"I went up there looking for a knuckleball and it stayed up high and I put a good swing on it." -- Yuniesky Betancourt on the problem with pitching Wakefield

Is Something Bruin at the Garden Tonight?

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Let's Hope Not


Tampa Bay Rays catcher John Jaso, right, watches as Boston Red Sox' Adrian Beltre hits a solo home run off Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 26, 2010, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Sox Raymarkable Run Continues in St. Sweep

Boston 11, Tampa Fade 3 | Clean Sweep on Tampa's Carpet
Big Night for Beltre: 2 HRs, 12 TBs, .516 Ave. Last 8; 2010 All-Star? Check.
Now Let's Have More Days in Third Place. Sincerely, Dan Duquette
Sox Have Not Thrown Out Carl Crawford Since Nixon Was President
Adrian... I always knew your swing was pretty. Sincerely, Rocky Balboa
You Can't Stop Run DMc, Or Keep Him Out of the Lineup
Lack Is Back, Baby. Lack Is Back

"It was nice to contribute and make sure we get the sweep against the team that's in front of us. It was huge. We remember that they did the same to us at our home." -- Yo, Adrian Beltre

Dwight Who?

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(BDD / Graphic Design by Carl)

Ortiz Is the Only Superhero That Will Be
Playing in Boston Friday Night Mr. Howard

Super Dave Ortiz Homers for 6th Time in 11 Games, 23 RBIs in May

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(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Sox Go with the Flo

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(BDD Photo Illustration / C. Flinsburgen)

It's Two for 'Tiz and the Sox Starter Stars Again

Boston 2, St. Pete 0 | One-Hit Wondrous
A Walk on the Wild Side But Lester Goes a Solid 6
Jon's 5-0 Over Last 7 Starts, Sox Win 7 Out of 8
He Was Maddon as Hell and He Wasn't Going to Take It Anymore
Back of the 'Pen Comes Through Again
Cam's Back... with an 0-for-3 and a K

"He was just like, 'That's a good pitch.' I'm thinking to myself, if the plate is in the other batter's box, then it's a good pitch. It went back and forth. He didn't want to back down, and I definitely wasn't going to lose a trash-talking contest." -- Gotta love Carl Crawford

And Your American Idol Winner Is ...

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Mr. May... David Americo Ortiz

The NeverEnding Story

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(BDD Photo Illustration / A. Wasylyk)

Clemens* Case Goes Back to Court

Trainer Brian McNamee Testifies Before Grand Jury Investigating
Former Red Sox Star Roger Clemens

First Served
Clay Buchholz delivers a first inning pitch to the Tampa Bay Rays
(AP Photo)

Clay Slays Rays, Sox Stay Hot Like the Weather,
Season Not Over

Boston 6, Rays 1 | Sox Trop Rays
His Line Looks Like the Old Dice-K, But Buchholz Knows How to Get a Win
Not Since Clemens in '92-'93: Eight Straight Road Wins for the Sox Next Ace
Note to Tito: Keep Hermida in Left, Ells in Center, Cam on the Bench
This Just In: Dustin Doesn't Stay in Slumps Forever: 3 Hits for 2B
Good to Have Ells Back in Center, Not So Much at Leadoff
Waiting for David Ortiz to Get Released Any Day Now
It Wasn't Exactly Quick and Painless. Sincerely, Jack Bauer
More Days in Fourth Place. Sincerely, Dan Duquette
The Youk, The Youk, The Youk is on Fiyah
The Captain is Always Ready to Step In
Hat Tip to Hideki Okajima

"He's day to day, like we all are." -- Terry Francona on V-Mart's toe injury

Mission Tim Possible

Red Sox starting pitcher Tim Wakefield works against the Philadelphia Phillies during an interleague baseball game Sunday, May 23, 2010, in Philadelphia. Wakefield pitched eight shutout innings for his first victory in nearly a year  The Red Sox won 8-3.

Wakefield Over Halladay? You Betcha

Boston 8, Philadelphia 3 | Phillies Fooled by Fill-In
Anything is Possible!!!!! Sincerely, Kevin Garnett
Is Red-Hot Kevin Youkilis Making a Run at AL MVP?
Ramon Ramirez... a Little Rusty
J.D. Playing Through It

"Somebody asked me the other day if I think it�s [recent success of starters] contagious. If it is, I hope we get an epidemic." -- Terry Francona on the recent spurt

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise


Stepford Matsuzaka Flirts with No-Hitter in Philly

Boston 5, Philadelphia 0 | Dice Was on a Roll
Bigger Surprise: A Matsuzaka Start Ends in Under 3 Hours

"I think I was close but haven't seen the replay. I know the whole country of Japan hates me. Sorry, sorry. My bad." -- Marco Scutaro on not getting to the hit

Cheese Stake

Philadelphia Phillies' Cole Hamels, left, pitches to Boston Red Sox's Victor Martinez during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 21, 2010, in Philadelphia.

Cole Hammers Sox Into Submission; Lackluster Start for John

Philadelphia 5, Boston 1 and Done | Walk on the Wild Side
Sigh Young: Lackey Has Given Up 15 Runs in Last 18 Innings
Sox Bats Not Nearly as Loud as Their Mouths Lately

"I didn't pitch my best by any means." -- John Lackey, stating the obvious


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(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Small Victories

Mike Dee's worst idea ever

Have You Noticed the Red Sox Marketing Gurus Gave Up on Embarrassing the Team with the Hanging Sox Hats on Fridays?

Power to the People of Red Sox Nation...
That's the Real, Original Red Sox Nation... Not the Corporate Money-Maker Thing

You Complete Me

Jon Lester  is congratulated by David Ortiz #34 after pitching 9 innings in a 6-2 win. The Boston Red Sox play the Minnesota Twins in the 2nd game of their 2 game series at Fenway Park
(Yoon S. Byun / Boston Globe Staff)

Les = More Minnesota Wins

Boston 6, Minnesota 2 | Sox Put It All Together
For Real: Lester's .719 Winning Percentage is Best Ever for Pitchers with 100 Starts
Youk Stays Hot, Locks Up His Spot on the All-Star Team
Beltre May Get to 8 Home Runs After All
Leadoff Hitter Du Jour? Old MacDonald
And It All Happened in Just 2:32

Incognito Theo

Photo Courtesy of D.J. Eddie Freitas

Sox GM Sports a 'Stache at Pearl Jam Show

Theo's a Better Man for Not Watching that Bomb in the Bronx Monday
Nothing's Keeping Him Awake at Night... Not Even a Great Show
And Was He at an Afternoon Audition To Be MacGruber's Stunt Double?
Photos: Top Sports Mustaches

Looks like Sox GM Theo Epstein attended Monday night's Pearl Jam concert after all. While the Sox were blowing a game in the Bronx, Theo apparently did attend the sold-out show at TD Garden. As we've seen with the gorilla costume, this is not the first time the Red Sox GM has shown he's a master of disguise.

And according to a 2006 Sports Illustrated article, Epstein has a thing for hiding his identity at Pearl Jam shows in particular: "...and last week he went to a Pearl Jam show in Boston wearing a fake mullet wig, glasses, a blue hat and a hooded sweatshirt so that he wouldn't be recognized."

The Globe's Nick Cafardo wrote this week that some questioned where Epstein's priorities are. "Criticize Epstein, if you must, for his team construction, his moves (or lack thereof)," Cafardo wrote. "But please, spending two hours at a Pearl Jam concert makes you angry?"

Tip of the cap to Big League Stew for uncovering the disguise.

Photo Courtesy of D.J. Eddie Freitas

Here's the Skinny

Clay Buchholz reacts before he is pulled from the game in the top of the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins on May 19, 2010 at Fenway Park
(Elsa / Getty Images)

Buchholz Will Be the Ace When the 2011 Pursuit Begins

Boston 3, Minnesota 2 | Clay Keeps Twins Bats Cold
Hello All-Star: Since Aug. 19, Clay's 11 Wins are the Most by Any AL Pitcher
Love to Have a Fastball, Slider, Curve, and Change. Sincerely J. Papelbon
Beckett Back on the DL, Sox Wish They Could Have Contract Extension Back
That Single Run: Beltre, Hermida, and Bill Hall Share the Win
So Was That Another Sell Out at Soggy Fenway Last Night?
Vote Bard for Closer in 2011

"You go out there and throw eight innings and go back out for the ninth, and I almost felt like I let the team down because I couldn�t make it through the ninth ... I think anybody on the staff can take the responsibility to pick up the rotation. I definitely wanted to go out and get deep into the game." -- Clay Buchholz, the deep threat for starters

Statue of Liber'Tiz

BDD Photo Illustration / Norman Dalager
(BDD Photo Illustration / Norman Dalager)

He Stands and Delivers Again

Hooray for Mr. May: .358 Ave., 1.089 OPS, 7 Homers, 17 RBIs
Let Ortiz Keep Proving People Wrong and Popping Them Over the Wall
Francona on 'Blindsided' By Lowell, Won't Talk About Loafing Papi

Turning Point?

Jeremy Hermida hits a two-run double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, May 18, 2010, in New York.

It Was The Night of the Living Dead Sox, But Can They
Stay Alive and Kicking Much Longer?

Boston 7, New York 6 | HermiDa Man Against Mariano
Just What the Team Needs... Mike Lowell's Passive Aggressive $12M Whining
Formula 4:09, Now With Rain Delay: Like Having a Root Canal Without Novocaine
While Rome Was Burning in the Bronx, Theo Was Tuning Out to Pearl Jam
And Marco Lugo Is Tonight's Stone-Glove Store-Bought Star of the Night
Kevin Youkilis Brings the Grit, Integrity, and the Run Production
Durable Drew's Latest: Sore Left Calf, Tight Right Hamstring...
This Just In: Sox Fans to Protest Bridge Year

"I was hoping all night long I would get another chance. It's a heavyweight fight. They might get one good blow in but they're not going to knock me down." -- The Surefire Closer on his clean ninth: a hit, a walk, a strikeout

Now Playing in Theaters

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(BDD Photo Illustration / Steve Garberg)

1. He's Got a Tight Back... It's Always Something
2. More Winter Sit-ups Maybe? More Than One Anyway?
3. Death, Taxes, and Beckett Not Executing and Missing Location
4. Shouldering the Load: He's Not Throwing 95 Anymore
5. Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Large Fries, Coke
6. He Stopped Owning the Yankees Years Ago
7. 1-1, 7.29 ERA, and 4 More Years, $68 Million
8. Sox Can't Rebuild Staff Until 2015

Hanley Ortiz Likes to Watch Singles

David Ortiz tied it with a single off the right-center fence but paused to admire his shot, thinking it was gone. He was thrown out at second by center fielder Brett Gardner's strong throw.
(Chris Trotman / Getty Images)

Just Imagine If the Sox Had Lost By a Run

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(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)


Yankees' Marcus Thames celebrates as he runs to home plate past Boston Red Sox pitcher Jonathan Papelbon after Thames hit a game winning two-run home run off Papelbon in the bottom of the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York May 17, 2010. The Yankees won 11-9.

Yankees Roar Back with a Comeback of Their Own

New York 11, Wait Til Next Year 9 | Papelblown in 9th
Love to Hear from Boras on How the Matsuzaka Investment Is Paying Off
So Theo's Store-Bought Stone-Glove Defense Is Supporting the Bridge?
Too Bad No One's Talking About Youk, J.D., V-Mart, Ortiz This Morning
Will Papelbon Be Theo's Best Trade Bait to Rebuild Come July 31?
Oh the Shame of Getting Beat By Marcus Thames

"Flat fastballs, poorly executed pitches on my behalf. Usually in those situations bad things happen." -- Jonathan Papelbon... not talking about raising the bar for closer's salaries today

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(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Seems Like Old Times

Nice to Hear from Nomar and Aaron Boone
About a Bad Loss in the Bronx

Slip Sliding Away

Sox drop 2 of 3 in Detroit

Sox Fall Back to .500 in Detroit as Season Looks Lost

Motor City 5, Boston 1 | Sox Go Down Easy
Lackey Not Pitching Like an Ace So Much Anymore
Pedroia-less Offense Spreads Out Seven Hits, Just One Run
This Just In: They Don't Have the Bruins to Hide Behind Anymore
Detroit 7, Boston 6 | Late Inning Ugliness
Sox Pay Homage to Bruins By Blowing 3-0 Lead
Saturday Night's Alright for Choking: MDC, Schoeneweis, RamRam Give It Away
At Least Ortiz Stayed Hot for Another Night
Boston 7, Detroit 2 | Two for 'Tiz
What Day are the Sox Going to Release David Ortiz Again?
Buch Bounces Back

"There's no way we should have lost that game [Saturday night]. The good thing is that we've got another game in 13 hours, so we won't have time to dwell on it." -- Kevin Youkilis, finished with a career-high five walks... but none with the bases loaded

Frank Galasso Illustration

Papi Apoplectic

Red Sox David Ortiz is furious after striking out, as he argues with home plate umpire Dale Scott in the 9th inning Boston Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

David Finally Shows Some Fire at the Plate,
But the Sox Bats Were Put on Ice

Snider 3, Boston 2 | Comeback Comes Up Short
Not So Great Scott Sinks Sox... Along With Snider and Marcum
Vaunted Sox Lineup Can't Figure Out Shaun Marcum, Really?
Nice Start, But Wake Always a Risk to Give Up a Long Ball
Pedroia Might Have to Pry That Wallet Open

"I'm glad I'm not right-handed, I would have been hit in the ribs." -- Ortiz can't catch a break

(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

The Stepford Matsuzaka

Red Sox Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka walks off field after getting out of the 6th inning of of play. The Boston Red Sox's Vs Toronto Blue Jays.
(Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff)

7 Innings, 3 Hits, No Walks, 9 Strikeouts?
Who Created This Guy?

Boston 6, Toronto 1 | Matsuzaka Earns a Paycheck
Varitek Would Hit 42 Home Runs If He Played Everyday, No Question

A Kick in the Teeth

Patriots placekicker Jason Varitek leaps for joy along with holder Ken Walter, as they celebrate the Super Bowl winning field goal that beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17.
(BDD Photo Illustration)

Mayor Menino Thinks It Was Jason Varitek That
Split the Uprights to Win Super Bowl XXXVI

Menino Wide Right at Orr Statue Ceremony
I Believe Manny Ortez Was the Holder for That Kick. Sincerely, John Kerry
The Kick Was Set Up on a Pass from Sammy Sooser to Mike McGwire.
Sincerely, Ghost of Ted Kennedy
Great to See Rams Quarterback Curt Schilling in Tears After the Game.
Sincerely, Martha Coakley
The Rams Were My Favorite Team Growing Up. Sincerely, President Obama

"In Boston, we have an amazing set of remarkable athletes whose actions have become ionic (sic) in sports. Havlicek stole the ball, Fisk waiving the ball fair, Flutie launching the Hail Mary pass, Varitek splitting the uprights." -- The honorable and ionic Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston for Life

Meanwhile, Boston 7, Toronto 6 | A Walk in the Park for Sox
Oh What a Relief It Is: Big Ups for Oki, Bard, Paps
Add Drew and Beckett to the Walking Wounded List

All's Not Well
That Ends Well

(Globe and Getty Images Photos)

'Cause Two Out Three's Still Bad,
And the Sox Don't Look That Good

Sun.: Boston 9, New York 3 | Lester the Stopper
Last 4 Lester Starts: 3-0, 30 Ks and a 0.98 ERA
Hermida's Outhomering A-Rod So Far, Beltre Keeps Belting the Ball
Oh MacDonald Heading Back to the Farm
J.D. Drew... Quietly On Fire
Sat.: New York 14, Boston 3 | Buchholz Can't Stop the Bleeding
McDonald, Martinez, Then Sox Yankees Rain on Home Run Parade
Van Every Position Except Pitcher from Now On
So... About the Schoeneweis Experiment...
Leigh Teixeira's Husband Comes Alive at Fenway
Yo Adrian: 7 Errors Leads All AL 3B
Fri.: New York 10, Boston 3 | Beckett Battered by Bombers
Can We Stop Saying He's the Ace of the Staff Now?

"I don't want to take anything away from these guys, but I think I would have had a bad start no matter who I faced. I just put the ball over the plate. I felt like I had a good hook tonight, but I didn't have a good heater." -- A.J. Burnett reminding Sox fans not to get too excited by last night's win

This Just In ...

Actress Betty White speaks during the American Women in Radio and Television 2010 Genii Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center on April 14, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
(Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

Werner Brings In Betty White in Effort to Get Sox' Chronic Underperformers to Step It Up During Showtime
(Yes, This Means You Josh Beckett)

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Red Sox manager Terry Francona gives catcher Victor Martinez (who is bracing fore a solid hit) a rap on the head as they celebrate the sweep of the Angels series. The Boston Red Sox take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park.
(Jim Davis / Globe Staff)

Victor Martinez Brings His Bat to Help Sox Sweep Up Angels

Boston 11, Orange County Floppers 6 | Sweeping Changes
Who Said This Team Couldn't Score Runs, Theo?
Dice-K Being Dice-K: The Painful 5+ Inning Stint... But Nice Finishing Touch
Not Manny Delcarmen's Best Performance. Sincerely, Simon Cowell
Hey Remember When Kazmir Used to Own the Sox? No More
Beltre Stays Red Hot, Hermida, Run DMc Knock in Runs
So Will The Sox Sweep the Yankees, or Get Swept?

"After the first inning I thought about what had happened and I knew my pitch count was getting up there and I had no idea how long I�d be able to stay in there. I decided I would tough it out as long as I could." -- Daisuke Matsuzaka... warrior...

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David, Or Tease?

DH David Ortiz looks skyward as he crosses the plate on his fourth inning solo home run, Angels catcher Mike Napoli doesn't. The Boston Red Sox take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park.
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

Have Reports of His Most Recent Demise
Been Greatly Exaggerated Again?

Boston 3, Valley Boys 1 | Lackey, Sox Look Sharp at Home
With All the Noise Surrounding Him, Ortiz Lets His Bat Do the Talking
You Don't Need to Strike Out 10 Guys a Night When You Give Up Just 2 Hits
Ortiz Move: No Wonder Why Terry Francona Has Lasted 1,000 Games
Adrian Beltre Is Turning Out to Be An All-Star in Boston

"The way we're going everyone looks like Cy Young." -- Torii Hunter not giving Lackey much credit

Funny How That Works ...


Trot Got a Bigger Hand Than Nomar Last Night

Flynn, Drinkwater, and Others Remember Garciaparra
Sully Baseball: I Have a Dream... That Boston Fans Would Have Better Perspective

It's Revisionist History Night
Former Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who signed a Red Sox one-day minor league baseball contract, blows a kiss to the crowd as he takes the field to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at City of Palms Park, in Fort Myers, Fla., Wednesday, March 10, 2010.

And How Can We Miss Nomar If He Won't Go Away?

This Won't Be Awkward ... The Nomar Going Away Party Comes Back to Fenway
This Reminds Us Of: The Worst Breakups in Red Sox History

36-year-old former Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who rejoined his original team for one day in March, and then retired, ending a 14-year MLB career, nine with Boston, comes back tonight.

Nomar's feelings about not being on the field in 2004 when the Sox won the World Series: "You know I felt like I was [on the field], I really did. Because all the phone calls I was getting from the guys that were there, calling me after they win, after the games leading up and they win in the playoffs calling me on the bus, 'Did you see the game?' And I was calling them as well telling them, 'Congratulations. I'm pulling for you, this is great." So I felt like I was there. I always believe that, I realize something, when I put this uniform on, I've been playing all these years with the Boston Red Sox that us as individuals, as players, you always talk about winning the World Series and being a part of the World Series and in Boston, there's something greater than an individual, me as a player, winning the World Series. When I was there I always realized there's something bigger than us, as players. It's winning the World Series for these people. These people that have bled, cried, cheered over the years. Winning the World Series in Boston is more than an individual player winning the World Series. It was winning the World Series for these people, for the Red Sock Nation."

It Was Just 15 Years Ago ...

2.23.95: Red Sox minor league infielder Nomar Garciaparra makes an unofficial appearance at the Sox camp.
(2.23.95: Frank O'Brien / Globe File)

... When A Skinny Kid with No Attitude Popped Up at Camp

More Red Tape

Nomar's back for a one-day deal
(Jim Davis / Globe File)

... Then Nomar Finally, Hopefully, Throws in the Towel

No Word Yet If Nomar Will Stay Behind the Red Tape Line During Tonight's Ceremony
Reports That Nomar Fractured His Wrist Clipping on the Microphone Are Unconfirmed
Thanks, Beautiful Move By the Sox on Garciaparra, Is This Dr. Charles's Doing?
Mazz: Nomar and the Two Bostons | Gallery: Nomar Through the Years
Mr. 'False Positives' on the Steroid Problem in '04: 'Testing Is Just Not the Answer'
A Reminder to Kids: Nomar's Not a Fan of Signing Autographs
Remember When He Sat Out and Jeter Dove in the Stands? That Was Awesome
The Nomar-Sox '04 Dispute | Real Nomie: 'There's a Track Record' | Your Photos
Globe Archives: Garciaparra Traded | Shaughnessy: In Short, Time for Him to Go
BDD Archives: How to Leave Boston on Bad Terms | Soccer Bomb
Achilles' Heel Is Fine Now | Thanks Blue-tiful

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It's Beating a Dead Horse But ...

BDD - Nomar beating horse 8.23.04
(BDD Photo Illustration / Chris R.)

We're Really Going to Miss Nomar Popping Up Around Here

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(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

"Kids crying all over Boston for a month or two, or maybe some even now still crying at night going to sleep. Nomar was... hey look, I feel it's saad that Nomar's still not a Red Sock. He was the link. Williams. Yaz. Nomar..." -- ESPN's Nomar Delusionist Chris Berman, October 2004

Those Were the Days My Friend ...

(BDD / Steve Kurth Illustration)

We Thought They'd Never End. ... So Long, Garciapopup

Hermida, Lester Take Heat Off Ortiz

Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels - Jeremy Hermida is congratulated by Jason Varitek after the game as Jonathan Papelbon high fives teammates. Hermida doubled in 3 go ahead runs in the 8th inning.
(Bill Greene / Boston Globe Staff)

Sox Enjoy Home Cooking as Angels Fall Again

Boston 5, Orange County 1 | Doubly Good
Les is More: 120 Pitches Puts Angels Behind the 8th-ball
Jon Lester Jelled, and He's Learning to Work His Way Out of Jams
Sure Cano May Make It an All-Yankee All-Star Infield, but Pedroia Does It All
Captain Laser Show Speaks Up for a Struggling David Ortiz...
But Big Papi Talk Is Getting as Cheap as a .149 Ave./ 2Ks, 2 DPs Last Night
Marco Scutaro Is Turning Out to Be a Nice Little Shortstop, Eh Nomar?
Speaking of Ortiz, Iron Mike Lowell Stepping Up in a Pinch This Time
Best Part: of the Night? A Brisk 2:56 Game
Photos: See For Yourself

"David's fine. He's one of our teammates. We believe in him. He's going to come out of it. He's had 60 at-bats. A couple of years ago I had 60 at-bats and it was me hitting .170 and everybody was ready to kill me, too. Then what happened? 'Laser show.'" -- Red Sox captain Dustin Pedroia, who was batting .172 on May 1, 2007, but went on to win the AL Rookie of the Year

Big Night Out
Red Sox vs. Los Angeles Angels - Adrian Beltre congratulates Bill Hall on his 2 run home run in 2nd inning.
(Bill Greene / Boston Globe Staff)

Sox, Bruins, Celtics All Winners ...
What Are They Putting in the Water Up There in Boston?

Boston 5, California 1 | No Place Like Home to Make Some Noise
Beltre, Hall Become Red Sox at Fenway with First Boston Homers
Gritty Youk, Intense Pedroia Go Deep in Hit Parade,Too
20 Hits a Night Would Perfect for a Pitching and Run Prevention Powerhouse
Drew Is On One of His Hot Streaks... How Long Will It Last?
Mike Lowell Is Fighting His Way into the Lineup Every Day
A Real Sellout? Fans Still Filing in for Monday Night's Game

"Tonight was a great feeling. It doesn't matter how. We were able to put a lot of good at-bats together." -- Red Sox first-base-DH-type Victor Martinez


(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

Sox Swept in the Place Formerly Known as Fenway South
A Nation Prepares to Throw in the Towel on 2010

Sun.: Baltimore 3, Boston 2 | X'd Out by O's
Beckett Takes a Step Forward, But Are the Sox Too Far Back?
Is Jonathan Papelbon a JAC? Just Another Closer?
Who Had Bruins Taking the Heat Off Sox, and V-Tek Being the Team MVP?
V-Tek or V-Mart? 7 of 11 Varitek Hits for Extra Bases This Season
Getting Swept in Baltimore Is Inexcusable and Unforgivable. Sincerely, Dick Drago '74
And When Everything Else Is Going Wrong... The Manager Kills Them in a Pinch
Run, Jason Run!
Sat.: Baltimore 12, Boston 9 | Dice Rolled Over
Does Theo Still Call Him Matsuzaka-san and National Treasure?
And David Ortiz Comes Alive Against Junk Pitching
Wake Me Up Before They, Go Go: Not Time for Tim in Relief
Hey Scott Boras, Don't Forget to Put This In Your Matsuzaka Free Agent Binder:
Bottom Line, He Comes Undone: 4 2/3 Innings, 2 Homers, 6 Earned Runs
Fri.: Baltimore 5, Boston 4 | Tejada They Fall, Again
Lackey Pitches Well Enough to Win, But Doesn't Again
Blown Save Daniel Bard... Rifleman Misfires Again
Boston Gets 10 Walks and Still Can't Score Runs
Sox Could Use a Guy Like Tejada They Fall

"Things haven't really changed. We talked about this last week. We're still playing bad baseball. Unintelligent, undisciplined, uninspired baseball. It's got to change. It either changes itself or we have to do something to change it." -- GM Theo Epstein to the Boston Herald

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