Monday Morning Leeinks

June 08, 2009 - 8:31 am

Good Monday morning (or early afternoon, as the case may be), New England! Let's not waste one more second and dive right into the best and brightest on the information superhighway. The Red Sox bat leadoff this morning after another disappointing outing from $50-plus million dollar man, Daisuke Matsuzaka, in a 6-3 loss at the Fens. The Sox dropped two in the three-game set, though the weekend witnessed David Ortiz hitting his second home run of the season, on Saturday night. Our resident baseball scribes Rob Bradford and Alex Speier each have pieces this morning detailing the series.  Speier tackles Ortiz and the possibility of falsified age and Bradford shows what five things we learned after yesterday's game. Also yesterday, Tiger Woods fired his finest round since returning from knee surgery with a 7-under 65 en route to winning the Memorial. Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer mulls over whether Woods is fully recovered from his knee injury. Although it was an impressive victory for Woods, was it really more impressive than this? Moving off the greens and fairways and onto the hardwood, the Lakers are now halfway to possession of the Larry O'Brien Trophy after posting a 101-96 win at the Staples Center. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel takes a look at Kobe Bryant's series thus far. In addition to Bianchi's Kobe Bryant piece, the LA Times' Mark Heisler makes the argument that a lot has been decided already after only two games of the NBA Finals. Finally, the Steel city will be electric with a pivotal Stanley Cup Finals Game Six between the Red Wings and Penguins. Detroit waxed the Penguins 5-0 on Saturday giving the Wings a commanding 3-2 series lead. ESPN's Scott Burnside notes the urgency that Sidney Crosby and company have with regards to tonight's game. Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press's Michael Rosenberg has profiled Detroit's man between the pipes, Chris Osgood. Finally this morning, there is a bit of controversy coming out of Pittsburgh. Last week, the Pirates traded away All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth to the Atlanta Braves and Buccos fans are less than pleased. This has become such a hot-button issue for fans of the once-great franchise that Pirates general manager Neil Huntington issued an e-mail to season ticket holders explaining the rationale behind the deal. Yet another sad chapter for a franchise that will most likely go without a winning season for another summer. Hopefully you'lhave the opportunity to enjoy a gorgeous June Monday. Stay classy, New England!