Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald:
Ramirez and Ortiz have been nothing short of sensational this year, but there is only so much two men can do. Since the All-Star break, Ramirez and Ortiz have 16 home runs and are batting a combined .339, which is almost as much as the rest of the team is slugging. ...Over at the New York Times, Yankee sycophant Murray "No! 2004 Never Happened! Never! (fingers in ears) I Can't Hear You! Naaaaa, Naaaaa, Naaaaa!" Chass can barely hide his glee:
Somebody else needs to step up. And soon.
The Boston Red Sox are a poor excuse for a good baseball team. For the second year in a row, they have squandered an advantage they had over the Yankees, this year even more grievously than last. Like last year, they will very likely pay for their profligacy.Mike Lowell thinks he'll play tonight in Kansas City. ... Doug Mirabelli could be ready by Wednesday or Thursday: "I don't think playing in Kansas City is that far-fetched. Once we get the swelling out of there, I should be fine. The mobility is a lot better, but the pain and stiffness are still there."
In addition to being named AL Player of the Month for July, David Ortiz was named Co-Player of the Week (with Travis Hafner) for July 31 to August 6. Ortiz was 10-for-27 (.370) with two doubles, five home runs, eight RBIs, 27 total bases, and a cool 1.000 slugging percentage.
Devil Rays bullpen coach Bobby Ramos on Tampa's 7-6 win on Sunday: "That was a World Series game." ... Gordon Edes notes that since the start of the 2004 season, Corky Miller is 1-for-55 (.018). It is the lowest average of any major leaguer, including pitchers, with at least 50 plate appearances in that span.
Remember at the trading deadline, when the Sox had a deal on the table for Pirates pitcher Kip Wells but backed off because of concerns raised by his medical records? Wells wound up going to Texas, made one start for the Rangers, and complained of fatigue afterward. He has been shut down while doctors examine his shoulder.Bob Ryan: "Hey, you, with the Red Sox bedspread: You might as well face facts: There has never been a better summer to be a Yankee fan." ... Never? What the hell is Ryan talking about?
Peter Gammons continues to make considerable progress in his recovery from a brain aneurysm, said a friend of the family who had lunch with Gammons recently. Gammons is at his home on Cape Cod, continuing his rehab on an outpatient basis, but he's up and around, walking, talking, and getting stronger.
Chicken Little O' The Day: Steven Krasner, Providence Journal:
In the meantime, the Sox are losing ground in the divisional race. They also are in a virtual dead heat with Chicago and Minnesota in the wild-card chase. A free-fall is looming.