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Tom Brady Versus Derek Jeter — Who is Superior? (via howiGit’s Blog)

This article is about an argument I’ve been having for years with my NY friends, family, and coworkers. The guys at howiGit did a great job putting fingers to keyboard and finding a way to provide a quantifiable argument. I may not agree with them – I’ve left comment for them in fact – but I think it’s a great article nonetheless. It should spark some fierce debate.

Tom Brady Versus Derek Jeter -- Who is Superior? By Jimmy Cunningham, howiGit Contributing Writer New York, NY Mr. howiGit loves his comparisons, so here is one for him: a comparison of the two most iconic heroes in New York and Boston of the past generation — Derek Jeter versus Tom Brady. As with most comparisons on this blog, this one will dig deeper than just the numbers and performance on the field, but will examine the whole person — and in the end will determine the more iconic figure. … Read More

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Josh Beckett, Red Sox Shoot for Sweep of Angels in Afternoon Baseball

Boston Red SoxFrom Tony Lee, NESN.com:

When the Red Sox left Seattle on the heels of two straight damaging losses, things looked a tad grim. Consecutive wins over the reeling Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have brightened the skies.

With Josh Beckett on the mound Wednesday afternoon the Sox can finish their second sweep of the Angels this year and return home on a winning note.

Josh BeckettBeckett, who returned from a two-month layoff Friday in Seattle, will have some tough acts to follow. Clay Buchholz threw seven superb innings in Boston’s 6-3 win in the series opener, and John Lackey worked into the eighth to get the victory in his return to Anaheim on Tuesday night.

The Sox are now 5-4 on their 10-game West Coast road trip.

Los Angeles, meanwhile, has lost six of seven and is fading fast, now 8 1/2 games behind Texas in the American League West and 13 behind wild card-leading Tampa Bay in the loss column.

Ortiz: Boston Media the ‘Problem’

Boston Red SoxFrom DJ Bean, WEEI.com:

David Ortiz appeared on The Big Show a day after hitting his 20th and 21st homers of the season in a 6-3 Red Sox victory over the Angels. Now hitting .256 with 64 RBI and possessing a .370 on-base percentage, Ortiz spoke of his confidence that his game would return following a rough start to the season.

“This is a game that you need consistency to stay in it and play in,” Ortiz said. “It can walk away from you in a long period of time but it can’t walk away from you from one day to the next. ”

Ortiz noted that he was humbled by the fans sticking with him throughout a dreadful first month in which he hit just .143 with one homer. Some media members weren’t so high on his list, however, as he claimed that some reporters in Boston take negative attitudes.

“The fans have always been supportive. Now, everything starts with reporters. Reporters have always been the problem in Boston,” Ortiz said. “That’s why you see players and they don’t want to come and play here. Just because they have a deal with a reporter, they have a deal with this one guy, that just because you had a bad week [they say] you’re slowing down, and they put in people’s minds that you can’t play no more. You’re old, you’re this, you’re that. I heard that every day. I’m not a guy who likes to pay attention to any of that, but it was in the news every day.”

Ortiz’ turnaround for the second straight year left him hoping the media would have been patient in the first place.

“It was April. It was April,” Ortiz said passionately. “Look at where my numbers are right now, and we’ve still got two months left.”

Ortiz hopes to get a multi-year deal in the offseason, as he noted that he is one of the few true designated hitters to both put up numbers and stay healthy. As for the moves the team will make before the trade deadline, Ortiz seems confident in the roster once it’s healthy.

“I know that Theo and the rest of the squad, they know what to do at the time. I think we’ll be fine,” Ortiz said. “Those injuries that caught up with us five, six weeks, ago … you can see the difference without those guys in the lineup. … We’re still going to have six or seven weeks where we can put some good games together and see what happens toward the end of the season.”

Red Sox Wanted Mets Catcher Barajas

Boston Red SoxFrom Mark J. Miller, Yahoo Sports:

Even though Victor Martinez just returned from the disabled list and went 1-for-4 with an RBI in a 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yesterday, the Boston Red Sox are looking to add a catcher before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline passes and the team had discussions with the New York Mets about bringing catcher Rod Barajas to New England, according to WEEI.

The Sox were offering reliever Ramon Ramirez for the catcher, WEEI reports, but that now appears to be off the table since Barajas went on the disabled list yesterday.

Ramirez, who has a 4.69 ERA, is making $1.55 million this year and will have salary increases for the next two seasons.

Werth to Sox? ‘Chasing a ghost’

Boston Red SoxFrom Gordon Edes, ESPNBoston.com:

Yes, the Red Sox have been involved in talks for Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth. But it’s not going to happen, according to a major league source with direct knowledge of those talks.

“You’re chasing a ghost,’’ the source said when asked how deep the Sox were in on Werth, the 31-year-old All-Star outfielder who is eligible for free agency after the season.

Werth is putting up some good numbers, including a league-leading 32 doubles and 13 home runs to go along with a .286 batting average, but has confounded the Phillies with his failure to hit with runners in scoring position — .165 (14 for 85) with RISP, just .106 (5 for 47) with RISP and two outs.

Still, with the Phillies just 3 1/2 games out of the wild card, they may not move Werth at all, especially if they are unable to close a deal for Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt, who prefers to pitch in St. Louis (which wants him) or Atlanta and has no-trade contract protection.