Boom Goes The Dynamite
Jacoby Ellsbury is greeted at homeplate by teammate Josh Reddick after his three-run home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Thursday, May 26, 2011.
(AP)

Sox Offense Explodes Again

Boston 14, Detroit 1 | Sweet, 16 More Hits for the Sox
Crawford May Earn Half His Pay Before This Season Is Over
Take Your Time J.D., We're Just Fine with Josh in Right
Is Aceves the Ace of the Staff?

"You can't judge a team in a couple weeks." -- Jason Varitek... that goes both ways

Cleveland Rocked

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is congratulated by teammates Carl Crawford, Jed Lowrie and Mike Cameron after hitting a three run home run during the sixth inning of the Red Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, Ohio
(Reuters)

Boys of May Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Boston 14, Cleveland 2 | Talbot Had a Tag Sale, Sox Arrived Early
While You Are Reading This, David Ortiz's Home Run Is Still Flying
Carl Crawford Is Starting to Come to Life, Dunkin' Dustin, Too
Salty Silences All the Third Catcher Talk with Another Bomb
Cy Lester Leads the League with 7 Wins


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(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Captain Crunch

Jason Varitek watches his two-run home run clear the wall in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday, May 24, 2011
(AP)

V-Tek Kicks In, Sox Win in Ohio

Boston 4, Cleveland 2 | Tribe runs into Trouble with Beckett
That's Progressive: Josh Beckett and his AL Low 1.69 ERA
David Ortiz: .341, 7 Homers, 9 RBI... Last 20 games
Will Dustin Pedroia ever be 100 percent again?
That's Rich: Can't get over The Hill

"I think I won here in the playoffs. It's not my first win at Progressive Field. Those wins [in October] are bigger anyway, aren't they? Nah, not a big win at all [when he beat CC Sabathia in Game 5 of the 2007 ALCS]" -- Josh Beckett, wry and dry

A Dream Pilgrimage to Fenway Thanks to John Henry
Stadium Journey: Rank Fenway Park

Sox Bear Down

Sox on the verge of first place with win over Cubs
(Barry Chin / Globe Staff)

Red Sox Claw Their Way Back to Dominance

Boston 15, Chicago 5 | Sox Pound Away at Home
They're Gonna Win 8 in a Row and Get Right Back in First Place
Since When Do Cubs Fans Come to Boston and Own Fenway Park?
Thanks Beautiful! Cubs Pay Tribute to Nomar at Fenway with 4 Errors
Powerful Youk, Patient Pedroia Finally Getting Their Games On
Just Like Manny, A-Gon May Be Worth Every Penny
Nevermind 1918... How About 19 Hits and 15 Runs
Is There Even Any Room for Crawford Up Top?
That's Just Ellsbury Being Ellsbury
Why Is Lester So Hittable Lately?
Salty's Swing is Coming Around

"A routine flyball can go off the wall. We're professionals. We need to make adjustments and play the wall." -- Alfonso Soriano on playing at the bandbox

Gon With the Win

Adrian Gonzalez celebrates after his game-winning, two-run double against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, May 16, 2011. The Red Sox won 8-7.
(AP)

It's a Walkoff-the-Wall for AG and the Never-Say-Die Sox

Boston 8, Baltimore 7 | Coming Back Home
Sox Come Back for the First Time When Trailing After 6, and 6-0
Laser? No, But a Classic 9 Pitch At-Bat for Dunkin' Dustin
Youk Stays Hot, 8 RBI Over 5 Game Hit Streak
Case Closed: Jacoby Is Our Leading Man
Walkoff Takes Mr. 7 Walks Off the Hook
Hat Tip for the Captain, Aceves
Welcome Back Rem

"Just being ready to hit, he's aggressive, he throws the ball good, just be ready and stay inside with it. Just stay on top and it worked out, hit it off the wall and it was great at-bats from Jacoby and Pedey to get on base to be able to score those runs. We just stayed with it, we didn't give up, continue to play the game, we've been on a roll and we know we can do these kind of things, it was just one of those things you just stay with it, it was a great win." -- Adrian Gonzalez with Heidi Watney on NESN

"You are now 21-and-25, over .500 for the first time this season. How does that feel?" -- Heidi Watney to Adrian Gonzalez... hey, she wasn't hired for her math skills... leave her alone

Lackey Gets Some Personal Time Off, a.k.a. Hellenic Elbow


BDD / Mike Briggs Illustration

BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons
(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Even Keel
Boston Dirt Dogs
(BDD Photo Illustration)

They're Making a Fortune and They're Playing .500

Boston 7, Team in Turmoil 5 | Sox get even with sweep in the Bronx
Crawford still shaky in left, back to slumping at the plate
Youk can do it. 3-run bomb by Kevin brings Sox back
Hug it out again. Papi goes deep into the night
Pap ties shoes before giving Yanks the boot
Salty HR? Sweet!

"It's nice to be .500, but we're not a ballclub that's playing to get to .500." -- Salty

"I tried to ruin another good offensive night." -- Jon Lester... not his finest three hours


Sox on a Roll, Yankees Not So Much

Sox sweep Yankees in the Bronx
(Boston Dirt Dogs / Jamison Odone Illustration)

"We've come a long way since 0-6." -- Kevin Youkilis... ain't that the truth

Let's Hug It Out: Big Papi Lookin' for Love in All the Wrong Places

Bronx Coup
Jonathan Papelbon and Kevin Youkilis of the Boston Red Sox celebrate a 5-4 win against the New York Yankees on May 13, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
(Al Bello / Getty Images)

Power Hungry Sox Whet Their Appetite in New York

Boston 5, New York 4 | Sox Hold Off Yankees in Game 1
The Old Buch Stops Here: Clay's Got the Right Stuff in the Stadium
Cheesesteak in Paradise: AG Has Cholesterol Running Through His Veins
The World's Quietest Hitting Streak Snapped at 11
Youk Gets Inside Joba's Head for a Change
Dunkin' Pedroia Finds a Hole, Gets a Hit

"It's the toughest place mentally to pitch. They all hate us." -- Clay Buchholz on the Bronx

"I had a great cheesesteak before the game that got me ready. They make some great cheesesteaks here. They definitely rival the Philly ones. I told them if I did good, it was going to be because of that cheesesteak.” -- Adrian Gonzalez... cheesesteak on his plate makes him feel good at the dish

Swept Away
Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar celebrates tagging out Boston Red Sox Carl Crawford on steal attempt during the seventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto, May 11, 2011.
(Reuters)

Crawford, Sox are Down and Out in Toronto
Something's Horribly Wrong with This Team

Toronto 9, Boston 3 | Another Lackluster Effort from the Millionaire's Club
Leave Lack in with Bases Loaded in the 7th? Brilliant!
If You Thought Wakefield Was Old, You Didn't Watch KG Tonight
Carl Gets Caught Looking in Left, Gets Caught Stealing, Too
Slam Dunkin': He's a Laser Show on the Billboards Only
Perfect Time to Take on the '27 Yankees in the Bronx
Bright Spot: AG Power Surge

"Ask a damn question... Everything went wrong that could go wrong, that's pretty much the story of the whole damn year... Everything in my life sucks right now to be honest with you." -- John Lackey... now's the time to cut him and his 8.01 ERA some slack

"A personality chip is missing [from the 2011 Red Sox]" -- Peter Gammons knows something is wrong

"It is what it is." -- Paul Pierce... after the devastating season-ending loss to Tom Werner and John Henry's marketing chip


Candid Camera

Lack looks back
(NESN screen image via CSNNE)

Lack Looks Back at a Left Field Foul Up

Lackey Lets Crawford Know He Doesn't Appreciate His Outfield Skills
Get Ready for Boston to Make a Big Deal About John Showing Some Frustration
Maybe This Might Wake Up the Dunkin' Donuts Doughboys


BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons
(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Three Cheers!
Suarez, LeBron, Crawford
(Globe and Wire Photos)

It's a Win-Win-Win for Fenway Sports Group

Crawdaddy Dents the Wall and the Red Sox Win in Overtime!
LeBron Pours in 35 at the Garden and John Henry and Tom Werner Win!
Image Enhancement Alert: LeBron Apologizes for Saying 'That's Retarded'
Rampant Liverpool Puts Five Past Fulham, Now Fifth in the Table
... Which Is Like Scoring 10 Touchdowns in a Football Game

Momma Mia!
Boston Red Sox's Adrian Gonzalez watches his home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of Boston's 9-5 win in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston Sunday, May 8, 2011.
(AP)

AG Turns Up the Power, Sox Turning It Around, Again

Under the Radar 9, Underperforming 5 | Gonzalez big birthday basher
Ellsbury still on top of his game. Hitting streak at 17 and counting
Pedroia takes break from filming commercials to chip in with a hit
Crawesome hits a legit triple. Average way up to .211
Youk getting back in the swing of things
The future is now... Say hello to Jose
J.D. 2 RBIs

"Once we get into the later part of May, we're all going to start feeling better. It's got nothing to do with the park, it's got something to do with my swing. You start feeling things." -- A-Gon on his hot streak

Stinko De Mayo

Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey reacts after giving up a 3rd inning double to Angels Alberto Callaspo yhat drove in two runs.
(John Tlumacki / Boston Globe Staff)

Lackey Lays An Egg After All-Nighter

Halos 11, Dead Sox 0 | Droopy Sox Pounded
Shellackey Pitched Like He Went to Bed at 5 a.m.
Rock Bottom Line: 4 Innings, 10 Hits, 8 Runs
Tomase: Too Many Stars, Not Enough Dirt Dogs

"I've the seen pictures of Lackey's outing today, and I can tell you that they are gruesome. The Red Sox were dead." -- Senator Scott Brown

ScutarOh No!
Marco Scutaro was out at the plate trying to score in the 12th inning on a double by Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, not pictured.
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)

When It Rains, It Pours in Late Sox Nation

Anaheim 5, Boston 3 | The Long and Bitter End
Scutaro Runs Himself Into an Out, Sox Lose in Late, Late, Late Show
No Relief for the Weary: It's a Bullpen Rush to the Disabled List in Boston
It's a Quarter to 3 in the Morning, the Latest Ending in Red Sox History
Ninth Life: Ellsbury Steps on the Clutch to Tie It, Hit Streak at 12
Don't Be Shy About Putting Up That Stop Sign Tim Bogarrrgh!
Blood and Guts Matsuzaka Couldn't Save the Night
The Dunkin' Donuts Laser Show Needs to Sit the Sit
"It's Gonna Be a Long Season." -- Dunkin' Star Carl Crawford
'I'm Servin' Dunkin'.' Sincerely, Chairman Tom Werner
Tough to Blame Cam

"YOUKILIS TO DEEP LEFT FIELD and we can all ... off the wall now coming around from first base and trying to score is Scutaro to the plate, Scutaro will be OUT!" -- Don Orsillo with the call on the ball... off the wall

"We all thought he'd be a little bit farther along than he was." -- Tito on Scutaro's bad jump and read on the ball


Your Not-So-AccuWeather Forecast ...

Pouring It On
(AP Photo)

Sox Fans Get Soaked By MLB Money Makers Again

Yeah, Most New Englanders Turn to Private Weather Service Telvent DTN
When They Want to Know the Local Forecast Outside Their Own Back Door
So It Would Have Killed the Angels to Get Home at 1 a.m. PDT Tonight?

"It's was Linda's [Pizzuti] idea to serve everyone coffee and hot chocolate." -- Larry Lucchino crediting LP on the late night perks at Fenway

The James Gang

The James Gang: John Henry, LeBron James, Tom Werner
(BDD Photo Illustration)

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is Us

Fenway Sports Group 102, The Boston Celtics 91 | The Heat Is On
The Celtics Will Be Playing 18 Before They're Winning 18. Sincerely, Mark Twain
Still, Henry Wants Us to Root for LFC: LeBron Wears Liverpool Shirt to Presser
It's LeBron's Image, Stupid. Sox Owners Cashing In On Celtics Losses
Now Pitching for the Red Sox ...

Boston Dirt Dogs Photo Illustration
(Boston Dirt Dogs Photo Illustration)

"There are very few sportsmen who can match his global reach, appeal and iconic status... We’re going to be able to focus on how to create opportunities for LeBron." -- Red Sox chairman Tom Werner's recent quotes on your friend LeBron James

"What FSM does for Roush Fenway, Liverpool and the Red Sox, we will now do for LeBron James... This represents the next step in our evolution, to represent one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet." -- Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy last month

Staying Power?

Adrian Gonzalez gets a high 5 from David Ortiz after his solo home run in the 8th inning.
(Bill Greene / Boston Globe Staff)

Will the Home Run Derby Continue After
Our Favorite Doormats Leave Town?

The Fighting LeBrons 7, Lost Angeles 3 | That's Just Lester Being Lester
I Had a Dream the Sox Hit Back-to-Back Homers. Sincerely, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wait, What?!? We Thought the Aces Could Only Pitch Well to the Captain?
Another Long Overdue Long Ball from the Designated Lefty Killer
And on May 3, Adrian Gonzalez Hits Home Run No. 2
High 5: This Is the Last Year of Overpaying J.D. .231
Carl Crawford, The Greatest No. 8 Hitter in History
Pap Does His Best to Turn It Into Save Situation
Nice to See Scutaro Fighting for His Job

"It's not losing 15 out of 16 to, no disrespect, like the Mariners or the Pirates. It's the Boston Red Sox. They're a good ballclub." -- Angels Ace, Danny Haren... and when you say 'no disrespect" ... you just did

And Justice for All

Thousands of people celebrate in the streets at Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Centre, waving American flags and honking horns to celebrate the death of al Qaeda founder and leader Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011 in New York City. President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden during an address to the nation from the White House in Washington. The mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks was killed in an American military operation at a compound in Pakistan.
(Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

On the Day After the US Military and Intelligence Community Took Out Terrorist Osama Bin Laden, We Remember Our Brothers and Sisters That Flew Out of Boston and All Those That Died During the Attacks of Sept. 11 and Hope They Rest in Peace



American Airlines Flight 11

Flight 11, flying from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed into the World Trade Center.

Confirmed dead

Name

Age

Home

Job

Employer

Crew

Barbara Jean Ares Tegui

38

Marstons Mills, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Jeffrey Dwayne Collman

41

Novato, Calif.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Sara Elizabeth Low

28

Boston, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Karen A. Martin

40

Danvers, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Thomas F. McGuinness Jr.

42

Portsmouth, N.H.

first officer

American Airlines

Kathleen Ann Nicosia

54

Winthrop, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

John Ogonowski

52

Dracut, Mass.

captain

American Airlines

Betty Ann Ong

45

Andover, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Jean Destrehan Roger

24

Longmeadow, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Dianne Bulls Snyder

42

Westport Point, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Madeline Amy Sweeney

35

Acton, Mass.

flight attendant

American Airlines

Passengers

Anna Williams Allison

49

Stoneham, Mass.

founder

A2 Software Solutions

David Lawrence Angell

54

Pasadena, Calif.

executive producer

NBC

Lynn Edwards Angell

52

Los Angeles, Calif.

librarian

Seima Aoyama

48

Culver City, Calif.

accountant

Japanese

Myra Joy Aronson

50

Charlestown, Mass.

press and analyst relations manager

Compuware Corp.

Christine Barbuto

32

Brookline, Mass.

buyer

TJX Co.

Carolyn Mayer Beug

48

Santa Monica, Calif.

filmmaker and video producer

Kelly Ann Booms

24

Brookline, Mass.

accountant

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Carol Marie Bouchard

43

Warwick, R.I.

emergency room secretary

Kent County Hospital

Neilie Anne Heffernan Casey

32

Wellesley, Mass.

planning manager

TJX Co.

Jeffrey W. Coombs

42

Abington, Mass.

security analyst

Compaq

Tara Kathleen Creamer

30

Worcester, Mass.

planning manager

TJX Co.

Thelma Cuccinello

71

Wilmot Flat, N.H.

homemaker

Patrick Currivan

52

Winchester, Mass.

vice president

AtosEuronext

Brian P. Dale

43

Warren, N.J.

partner

Blue Capital Management

David DiMeglio

22

Wakefield, Mass.

computer service

Donald Americo DiTullio

49

Peabody, Mass.

endoscopy division

Smith & Nephew Inc.

Alberto Dominguez

66

Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia

baggage handler

Qantas Airways

Peter el-Hachem

40

Tewksbury, Mass.

senior software engineering manager

Teradyne

Paige Farley-Hackel

46

Newton, Mass.

spiritual counselor

Alexander Milan Filipov

70

Concord, Mass.

electrical engineer and church deacon

Carol Flyzik

40

Plaistow, N.H.

marketing supervisor

Meditech

Paul Friedman

45

Belmont, Mass.

management consultant

Emergence Consulting

Karleton D.B. Fyfe

31

Brookline, Mass.

senior analyst

John Hancock

Peter Alan Gay

54

Tewksbury, Mass.

plant manager

Raytheon Co.

Linda M. George

27

Westboro, Mass.

buyer

TJX Co.

Edmund Glazer

41

Wellesley, Mass.

chief financial officer

MRV Communications

Lisa Reinhart Fenn Gordenstein

41

Needham, Mass.

assistant vice president and merchandise manager

TJX Co.

Andrew Peter Charles Curry Green

34

Santa Monica, Calif.

director of business development

eLogic

Robert Jay Hayes

38

Amesbury, Mass.

sales engineer

Netstal

Edward (Ted) R. Hennessy Jr.

35

Belmont, Mass.

partner

Emergence Consulting

John A. Hofer

45

Los Angeles, Calif.

owner

John's Sharpening Center

Cora Hidalgo Holland

52

Sudbury, Mass.

Sudbury Food Pantry at Our Lady of Fatima Church

John Nicholas Humber Jr.

60

Newton, Mass.

owner

Brae Burn Management

Waleed Iskandar

34

London, England

chief of digital strategy for Europe

Monitor Group

John Charles Jenkins

45

Cambridge, Mass.

corporate office services manager

Charles River Associates

Charles Edward Jones

48

Bedford, Mass.

retired astronautical engineer and manager of space programs

BAE Systems

Robin Kaplan

33

Westboro, Mass.

senior store equipment specialist

TJX Co.

Barbara Keating

72

Palm Springs, Calif.

receptionist

parish office, St. Theresa Catholic Church

David Kovalcin

42

Hudson, N.H.

senior mechanical engineer

Raytheon Co.

Judy Larocque

50

Framingham, Mass.

founder and CEO

Market Perspectives

Natalie Janis Lasden

46

Peabody, Mass.

product testing team leader

General Electric

Daniel John Lee

34

Van Nuys, Calif.

road crew

Backstreet Boys

Daniel C. Lewin

31

Charlestown, Mass.

co-founder and chief technology officer

Akamai Technologies

Susan A. MacKay

44

Westford, Mass.

assistant vice president of merchandise planning and allocation

TJX Co.

Christopher D. Mello

25

Boston, Mass.

analyst

Alta Communications

Jeffrey Peter Mladenik

43

Hinsdale, Ill.

interim CEO

eLogic

Carlos Alberto Montoya

36

Belmont, Mass.

Colombian

Antonio Jesus Montoya Valdes

46

East Boston, Mass.

housekeeping worker

Boston Harbor Hotel

Laura Lee Morabito

34

Framingham, Mass.

national sales manager

Qantas Airways

Mildred Naiman

81

Andover, Mass.

retired tester

Western Electric Co.

Laurie Ann Neira

48

Los Angeles, Calif.

transcriber

Your Office Genie

Renee Lucille Newell

37

Cranston, R.I.

customer service agent

American Airlines

Jacqueline J. Norton

61

Lubec, Maine

retiree

Robert Grant Norton

85

Lubec, Maine

retiree

Jane M. Orth

49

Haverhill, Mass.

retiree

Lucent Technologies

Thomas Nicholas Pecorelli

30

Topanga, Calif.

cameraman

Fox Sports and E! Entertainment Television

Berinthia Berenson Perkins

53

Los Angeles, Calif.

actress and photographer

Sonia Morales Puopolo

61

Dover, Mass.

former ballet dancer

David E. Retik

33

Needham, Mass.

general partner

Alta Communications

Philip M. Rosenzweig

47

Acton, Mass.

vice president

Sun Microsystems

Richard Barry Ross

58

Newton, Mass.

president and chief executive

The Ross Group

Jessica Leigh Sachs

23

Billerica, Mass.

accountant

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Rahma Salie

28

Boston, Mass.

chief operating officer

Cinoni

Heather Lee Smith

30

Boston, Mass.

financial analyst

Beacon Capital Partners

Douglas J. Stone

54

Dover, N.H.

co-owner

Odyssey Press

Xavier Suarez

41

Chino Hills, Calif.

civil engineer

Michael Theodoridis

32

Boston, Mass.

technology consultant

James Anthony Trentini

65

Everett, Mass.

retired teacher and assistant principal

Mary Barbara Trentini

67

Everett, Mass.

retired secretary

Pendyala Vamsikrishna

30

Los Angeles, Calif.

project manager for consulting firm

DTI

Mary Alice Wahlstrom

78

Kaysville, Utah

retired loan officer

Kenneth E. Waldie

46

Methuen, Mass.

senior quality control engineer

Raytheon Co.

John Wenckus

46

Torrance, Calif.

tax consultant

Candace Lee Williams

20

Danbury, Conn.

student

Northeastern University

Christopher Rudolph Zarba Jr.

47

Hopkinton, Mass.

software engineer

Concord Communications

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