PHILADELPHIA -- Julio Lugo stood in front of his locker in the visitors' clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park talking less about the four hits he just collected, and more about what it might mean to his existence

Just before 11 p.m., some spice was added to an already flavorful series over at Fenway Park.

Friday, when his Red Sox stroll into Citizens Park Park for a three-game, weekend series, Terry Francona will be afforded a reminder regarding how much he has changed since he left Philadelphia close to nine

Suddenly, air seemed in short supply.

Forget pit bulls. I’d take those pups over the Baseball Writers Association of America any day. They’re more gentle and understanding.
But not to worry. My people have my back this week.



The plan hasn't worked out quite as planned, for either Paul Byrd or the Red Sox.


Though the offices of the Red Sox’ baseball operations department were entirely full as the clock ticked towards midnight, the mood was a boisterous one. It seemed that everywhere that the Sox turned, signs of promise abounded.

There are few pitchers in Major League Baseball who are identified by hot streaks more than Josh Beckett.

Tuesday and Wednesday are arguably the most significant days of the baseball calendar for the Red Sox, and it has nothing to do with the presence of the Yankees. Today is all about the Major League Baseball Rule 4 draft, when the Sox will begin selecting the next 50 players who they hope will help to improve the team’s long-term fortunes.

So, when next week rolls around, what will the Red Sox' rotation look like?

Sunday allowed for more questions than answers.