Three aces up, three aces down as the Red Sox get back on a roll.
Back In Boston
David Ortiz: Fenway effect on Adrian Gonzalez unclear -- Scott Lauber, Boston Herald
Adrian savors first Fenway Park home run -- Ian Browne, MLB.com
For Lester, it's finders, keepers -- Gordon Edes, ESPN
Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia have left injury concerns in rear-view mirror -- Rob Bradford, WEEI
Dustin Pedroia threatens to kill Terry Francona. In a nice way. -- Alex Speier, WEEI
And Francona is open to being talked out of resting the 2008 AL MVP, even when he has little to no success against an opposing starter.
"I was thinking about it the other day, and he said he was going to kill me. There was an adjective in front of it," said Francona.
Fenway Run-Ons In Recent (Youtube) Memory -- Jon Bois, Baseball Nation
Class AA Trenton honors Hale -- Peter Abraham, Boston Globe
Not sure how I feel about having a Yankee honoree on the bench, even if they were an affiliate of the Sox at the time. No, seriously though, kudos to Hale.
Around the AL East
Tigers 4, Yankees 2 -- JScape2000, Pinstripe Alley
Everything going wrong in one game? See: the entire Red Sox season to date.
Royals 6, Orioles 5 -- Eat More Esskay, Camden Chat
Orioles pondering a Kevin Millwood return -- Brittany Ghiroli, MLB.com
Millwood IS the AL East at this point.
The view from the other side -- Tom Dakers, Bluebird Banter
Rays DFA Felipe Lopez to Make Room for Evan Longoria -- Steve Slowinski, DRaysBay
Rays 3, Jays 2 -- Sandy Kazmir, DRaysBay
Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada: Difficult To Watch Thus Far -- Ed Valentine, SB Nation New York
MLB In General
Fransisco Liriano Throws No Hitter -- Adam Peterson, Twinkie Town
Francisco Liriano No-Hitter Among Least Impressive In Baseball History -- Jeff Sullivan, Baseball Nation
Jeff Sullivan: Buzzkiller
The Average No. 1 Overall Pick -- Sam Miller, The Score
Baseball's DUI Problem -- Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
It's getting kind of crazy this year, and Rosenthal makes a good point. Whitewashing the drug-related action most likely to actually harm another person is a pretty weak move on the MLB's part.
Cascade Failure -- ColinTJ, South Side Sox
Given the Red Sox' issues with slumps, this seemed a worthwhile and relevant read.