Captain Crunch

Jason Varitek trots back to the dugout after hitting a home run off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Drew Carpenter during the eighth inning of an interleague baseball game, Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sox Run on Battery Power

Boston 5, Philadelphia 2 | V-Tek Kicks In, Lester Steps Up
Ellsbury Hitting Like He's On the Verge of Becoming an All-Star
You Can't Stop Josh Reddick, You Can Only Hope to Contain Him
A Rare Long Ball By the Laser Show
A-Gone Has Biggest Hit: Hamels Gone

"[Lester] held on and kept us in the game. He's the story today." -- Jason Varitek, the rest of the story

Lack of Effort

Raul Ibanez of the Philadelphia Phillies watches his 7th inning home run leave the park against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on June 29, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

Tommy John Lackey Battled Away All Night,
But Raul's Still Eating Him Up

Rocky Statue 2, Titletown 1 | Philly Tops Sox Again
But You Don't Have John Lackey to Kick Around... for at Least a Week
Will Tito Play Lackey in Right to Get His Bat into the Lineup Tomorrow?
Without the Boston Bruins to Hide Behind, Stumbling Sox Drop 6 of 7
Waiting on Test Results to See If Gonzalez Survived a Night in Right
Good Move Getting David 0-for-4tiz in There Tito
Jo Anne Worley Was No Laugh In for Boston
Lackey and Reddick Can't Do It Alone
Third Save, You Bastardo.

"Did that guy just come up or something? Man, because he looked pretty good to me." -- First baseman David Ortiz on Worley

Nation Gon Mad

(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Red Sox Plan to Put World Series, 7 Years, $154 Million at Risk By Putting Adrian 'Apparently Made of Glass' Gonzalez in the World's Most Dangerous Job ... Standing Around in Right Field During a Major League Baseball Game

Francona to Roll the Dice with Gonzalez in Right

"It'll be good offensively, but damn, I've gotta play second, first and right. That's a lot of ground to cover, man. I've got small legs." -- Dustin Pedroia in Extra Bases

Move Over David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Terry Francona

BDD Photo Illustration / Joseph Dilanni
(BDD Photo Illustration / Joseph Dilanni)

J.D.'s Got His Own Dunkin' Donuts Billboard, Too

Complete Lee Dominating
Starting pitcher Cliff Lee #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers a pitch during the game against the Boston Red Sox at Citizens Bank Park on June 28, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Another National League Loss for the Stumbling Sox

Best Team in Baseball 5, Best Team Ever 0 | Third Straight Shutout for Cliff
'They've Gotten Out of Control, These Obnoxious Philadelphia Fans'
More Crying in Boston Baseball? It's Not Fair Having to Face Lee!
We'll Always Have Those Two Hits from Scutaro and McDonald
If David Ortiz Was in the Lineup the Sox Would Have Lost, 5-0
Can We Still Blame Beckett's Stomach Bug?
Bright Side? Over in 2:37

Pitt Stopper
Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, June 26, 2011.

Sox Right the Ship on Lefty's Effort, Bucs' Errors

Boston 4, Pittsburgh 2 | Sox Finally Kick Some Pirate Booty
Sunday Funday of Errors, Runners LOB, Walks, Hit Batter, Unearned Runs
AG Needs to Get the Long Ball Going to Lock Up Triple Crown
While the Pirates Boot the Ball All Over PNC Park
Miller Wins for First Time Since 2007
Always Something New for J.D. Drew

"If this was a neighborhood golf match, we probably could have used about six mulligans today." -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle

LA Dodger Locked Up
7/22/94: Whitey Bulger on Castle Island
(7/22/94: Whitey Bulger on Castle Island in South Boston / John Tlumacki, Globe Staff Photo)

Whitey Bulger Arrested in Santa Monica
... Red Sox Lose to Padres in Boston


Meanwhile John Lackey's Fastball Remains on the Run in Boston
San Diego 5, Wet Sox 1 | He's Slippery When Lack
If Rain Delays Were Runs, The Sox Would Have Tied It Up
The Venerable Will Venable Was On John From Jumpstreet
AG Now .359

James J. "Whitey" Bulger, who was a fugitive since January 1995 is on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders.

James J. Whitey Bulger, who was a fugitive from the law since January 1995. Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the <br>FBI's Ten Most Wanted list for his alleged role in 19 murders, was captured.

"Legendary Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, who has been on the run for more than a decade, was arrested Wednesday in Santa Monica, multiple law enforcement sources told The Times... He was arrested by the FBI inside a building without incident, according to the sources. -- breaks the big story

J.D. Booooo

Boston Red Sox right fielder J.D. Drew (7) reacts as he swings and misses for the last out in the 9th ending the Sox's chances for a rally. The Boston Red Sox take on the San Diego Padres in Game 2 of Inter-League Play at Fenway Park
(Barry Chin / Boston Globe Staff)

Is It Time for Theo to Break Out the Sunk-Cost Diaries?

San Diego 5, Boston 4 | Sox Go Belly Up
Very, Very Nice of A-Ace to Pay Tribute to Dice-K With His Outing Last Night
Another Loss for the Sox, Third in 17 Games, What's Going Wrong Here?
Are We Just Hanging On for One More J.D. Magic Moment Like in '07
Even $cott Boras Must Believe It's Time to Move on from the $14M Man
Red Sox Need to Think Long and Hard About Keeping Reddick Around
Fenway Has It's First Legitimate Sell-Out in Years. Congrats!
Did Aceves Have the Same Stomach Bug as The Ace?
And Here Comes Kevin Youkilis ... Finally

"Everything went wrong. It was weird. Strange." -- Alfredo Aceves... Guy Gone Wild

It's Opening Day!

Andrew Miller takes the hill to start the season tonight
(Jim Davis / Boston Globe Staff)

Are You Ready for Some Baseball?

Lefty Andrew Miller the Surprise Starter as the 2011 Season Gets Underway Tonight
First Time in History Sox Will Begin Quest to Win Series vs. Senior Circuit Team
First Things First: Red Sox Honor Stanley Cup Champions at Fenway on Sunday
Adrian Gonzalez Had a Monster Spring, Hoping It Continues Into Regular Season
The Hurt Locker: Crawford, Buchholz, Lowrie, Jenks All Starting Season on the DL
Dice KO'd, May Never Return

"We�re hoping to see exactly what he�s been doing his last four starts in Triple A. One start doesn�t make or break your career, but we just want to see him pound the zone with his good stuff. He�s really done a terrific job. There�s a lot to like about this kid" -- Terry Francona on Opening Day starter Andrew Miller

Road Warriors

Infielder Adrian Gonzalez of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his ninth inning home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 16, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
(J. Meric / Getty Images)

First Place Sox Shed Light on Third Place Rays

Boston 4, Tampa Bay 2 | Sox Rock the Road with 8-1 Trip
Best Road Show for Sox Since a 9-0 Trip in 1977
The Sun Comes Up, the Sun Goes Down, and Youkilis Will Get Hit
Who Was That McDonald Guy Leading Off?
Buchholz Will Be Back Strong

"The best teams play well on the road and that�s what we�ve done." -- AL MVP Adrian Gonzalez

While You Were Watching a Stanley Cup Being Hoisted,
Josh Beckett Pitched a One-Hit Beauty

Tale of Two Cities

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Vancouver Embraces, While Boston Embarrasses

VanCity Goes Big Time for the Stanley Cup Finals
100,000 People Expected to Embrace the Moment in Their City
Expansive Fan Zones Created Throughout Vancouver, Streets Closed
City Increases Buses, SeaBuses, and SkyTrains to Get People To and From Town
Four Massive Outdoor Screens Will Broadcast Game 7

"The excitement and support for the Canucks is off the charts. Game 7 on home ice is what we�ve been waiting for and the atmosphere in the city is electric." -- Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

"The key for us is really getting out and employing that meet-and-greet strategy. It's about positively engaging the public and getting out there and shaking hands and posing for photos and high-fiving and saying 'hello', and not standing off in a corner somewhere." -- Vancouver police Const. Lindsay Houghton

"When we see a hotspot in the crowd we just move our resources over there quickly. We are not anticipating any problems � just a really boisterous crowd. Win or lose, we expect to be out there until 5 a.m." -- Vancouver police spokeswoman Const. Jana McGuinness

Meanwhile, Back in the
Party Pooper Police State

The Fours on Canal St. Causeway Street
(Yoon S. Byun / Boston Globe Staff)

Fans Urged to Stay Home, Watch Alone

Mayor Menino Says No to Viewing Party at TD Garden
Bars Urged to Black Out Windows to Keep Down Crowds
Fans Banned from Entering Bars After Second Period Ends
Streets Around the Garden Will Be Blocked to Prevent Fan Entry

"Like I said, we�re trying to discourage them from coming down to the area. If they can stay in their homes, or in their neighborhood. You know, we just don�t want to be dealing with massive crowds.� -- Boston Police superintendent William Evans

"Some people get exuberant have a few and act up, and you know, this is a sport, and a lot of families who like to watch sports bring kids, and I wouldn�t want to send the wrong message to anyone.� -- Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino making up all kinds of excuses for embarrassing the city

"It was timing conspiring against the magnitude of what this event is. With such a quick turnaround, logistics and coordination of everything related to security and safety, it was just the right decision not to move forward with it [TD Garden viewing party]." -- TD Garden president, John Wentzell

Boston Goes Small Town Again with Lame Rolling Rally
Great Speeches from a Stage to Be Remembered Forever? Nope.
Timeless Images of Bruins on Duck Boats on the Charles River? Nope.
Tale of Two Cities, Part II: Dallas Goes Big, Treats Fans Like Adults,
Mavericks Get Their True Championship Parade Moments
For the Record: Anarchists, Criminals, Thugs, and a Silly Police Policy,
Ruined Vancouver's Perfectly Fine Fan Plan

Homecoming Sting

Carl Crawford of the Boston Red Sox fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field on June 14, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida
(J. Meric / Getty Images)

Crawford Gets the Johnny Damon Treatment in St. Pete
Sox Offense Flops in the Trop

Tampa Bay 4, High Powered Offense 0 | Winning Streak Stopped at Nine
No Truth to Rumor That Damon Was Leading the Chorus of Boos for Crawford
Starting to Get the Feeling Carl Crawford Can't Deal with a Little Pressure
Vote for A-Gon Was Only One to Penetrate Shields
Tim Didn't Dominate in Tampa Like He Used To

"We had our chances early against him [Shields] and let him get away. That�s not what you want to see." -- David Ortiz, previously en fuego

Jays Swept Away

Jays swept away
(BDD Photo Illustration / Meir Weinberg)

Nine Wins in a Row for the Red Hot Red Sox

Boston Outscores the Sons of John Farrell 35-6 in 3 Games
60 Runs in the Last 6 Games

"This team is very dangerous right now. I have seen this before." -- Re-sign David Ortiz

Fade Away Jumper

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

The Red Sox Marketing Chip Moved to South Beach,
And He Continues to Go South When the Heat Is On

It's Another NBA Finals 4th Quarter Fade Away for LeBron James
LeBron's Sudden Stock Drop Is Making Henry-Werner So Nervous, They're
Looking Into Signing Aaron Rome and Alexandre Burrows Before Game 5

"During the [Red Sox-Yankees rain] delay, fans watched Game 5 of the NBA finals between Dallas and Miami on the videoboard, mostly jeering LeBron James and the Heat." -- AP reporting that even Yankee fans have more in common with Red Sox fans than the owners of the Red Sox

"Never ask LeBron James for change for $1.00. You only get 75 cents back because he won't give you the fourth quarter." -- Variation on the LeBron James joke that's older than our grandmother's dinosaur

Snap! Crackle! Papi!

David Ortiz (L) slaps hands with teammate Adrian Gonzalez (R) at the conclusion of the ninth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York June 9, 2011.

David Finally Gets Plunked, Carries Sox to Sweep,
And Kills the Messengers After the Game

There's Nothing Better Than a Ticked Off David Ortiz ...
Hate the Media, Hate the Yankee Skipper, But Just Keep on Hatin'
Why He Really Got Hit: Ortiz to Girardi: 'Take It Like a Man'

The Late, Late Show: "Are you guys waiting for me? There will be no questions. It's going to be just Papi talking and if you don't like it just get the [expletive] out of here.

"I just want to thank you guys, not all of you, most of you for the stat today of me not getting hit by the Yankees. I finally got hit. I hope you mother[expletives] are happy. I'm done.

"You guys like to criticize us when we [expletive] up. Criticize yourselves now." -- Papi goes off the deep end ... if only he were this defiant in Aug. 2009 when he faced the media in the Bronx with Michael Weiner by his side

Perfect Storm for Surging Sox

Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox walks to the dugout against the New York Yankees on June 9, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
(Nick Laham / Getty Images)

Beckett Brought It Like a Man, Red Hot Sox Rally Overnight

Boston 8, New York 3 | Red Sox Wipe Out Yanks in Another Bronx Sweep
Five Facts About Josh Beckett... Besides 3-0, 0.86 ERA vs. Bronx Bombers
While You Bruin, The Red Sox Swept the Yankees and Took Over First Place By 2
We All Knew They'd Be the Hottest Team in Baseball By June 10,
But Let's Not Pat Each Other on the Back About the Bad Start Just Yet
When Does Jacoby Ellsbury Get His 15 Minutes of National Fame Again?
Only 2 K's for AG Last Night (Can't Let Him Think We're Soft Now)
Late Night Line: Everyone Got a Hit; 'Tek and Cam, Too
All You Need to Know: 6-0 at the Stadium, 8-1 vs. NYY on the Season

"I'm still trying to figure out if David got hit for something I did or if it was something ESPN stirred up." -- Yankee Killer Josh Beckett tossing things ESPN's way

The Yankee Flipper

David Ortiz watches the flight of his two-run home run during the fifth inning of American League MLB baseball action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York June 7, 2011.

Big Stylin' Whirls, Twirls, and Offends Fraudway Joe

Boston 6, New York 4 | Pap Appeal Key to Big Apple Win
Yanks Make Deal With Bruins to Acquire Shawn Thornton for Tonight's Game
Lester Wasn't Especially Sharp, Except When Aiming for Teixera's Knee
Bad Start in the Bronx: It's a Nightmare on Elm Street for Freddy
Pap Gets Save No. 200... Congrats, But It's a Fake-Stat
Bard Solid As Ever

"That's Papi style." -- David Ortiz

"Yeah, I didn't really care for it." -- Joe Girardi

Ortiz Won't Be Flippin' Burgers at Big Papi's Grille in Framingham No More
But He May Slap His Name on a New Eatery in Boston

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(BDD / James MacLeod Cartoons)

Good Old Fashioned A's Kickin'

Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Daniel Bard of the Boston Red Sox celebrate defeating the Oakland Athletics, 6-3, at Fenway Park on June 5, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts
(Jim Rogash / Getty Images)

Sox Sweep A's, Get Set to Start Season vs. Yankees
Right Where They Belong

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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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