Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/17/12

 

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Homerless in 63 at-bats dating back to June 24, Gonzalez came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning of last night’s game against the Chicago White Sox with two runners on and the score tied.

With one sweet swing, Gonzalez ended his power outage and propelled the Red Sox[team stats] to their third win in four games since the All-Star break. Gonzalez’ blast off of Chicago reliever Leyson Septimo landed in the front row of the Monster seats. The Sox added another run to pull out a 5-1 win in front of a season-high 38,334 fans at Fenway Park [map].

“It feels great to win the game,” Gonzalez said. “I’m not really worried about home runs or any of that stuff. I’m just trying to have good at-bats.”

Herald | Adrian Gonzalez hits clutch home run as Red Sox win

It's been a rough year for Adrian, but he came through in a big way last night. 

There's no reason to give up on the guy -- he's still a great hitter. He's just been playing badly. His swing has not looked right all year. To my amateur eye, it seems that his bat speed is down. Even last night, he was fouling off fastballs, just a split second late. The homer came off a hanging slider, and he took advantage of that natural inside-out swing we hear so much about.

It was so nice to see the team perform the way you expect a good team to perform. Solid pitching, then clutch hitting late. Eighth inning, nobody was pressing, Carl Crawford and David Ortiz knew what was important was to get on base, and Adrian knew it was time to bring them home.

One last thought about Adrian. Everyone seems to get down on him not being a clutch player, mostly (I think) because he shows no emotion so everyone forgets when he's good. The stats say otherwise. Even this year, when he's been lousy, his OPS is markedly better in high-leverage situations and than in medium- or low-leverage ones. He also has a .957 OPS with RISP and 2 outs.

On page 2, we check up on Papi's odd heel injury suffered while rounding second base on the homer.

"This (expletive) team is cursed," Ortiz said humorlessly as he limped toward the showers, his mood darkened by the knowledge that he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Ortiz left Fenway Park without the aid of crutches and was hopeful that the injury was not serious.

"I got sore," he said, "But I didn't hear any pop. That's a good sign. We'll see. We'll know more tomorrow. I think I'll be all right."

ESPNBoston | David Ortiz needs MRI on heel

How many emails did Dan Shaughnessy fire off to his editor last night? 

The Curse is back!

ESPNBoston | Adrian Gonzalez homers as Red Sox win in Youkilis' return | Rapid reaction: Red Sox 5, White Sox 1 | Kevin Youkilis returns to Fenway | Kevin Youkilis feels love at Fenway | Carl Crawford hits 2nd in debut | Dustin Pedroia set to return from DL | James asked to curb Paterno talk | Herald | David Ortiz pulls up lame | Carl Crawford helps out in return | Kevin Youkilis in no mood to feud | Aaron Cook gets job done again with keen efficiency | Globe | Powerful stuff | Crawford happy to be back | Ortiz injures Achilles tendon | Cook finds quick recipe for success | Youkilis returns with only fond Red Sox memories | CSNNE | Gonzalez powers Red Sox past Chicago, 5-1 | Another solid outing from Aaron Cook | Crawford gets off to a good start | Ortiz the latest to go down with injury | Gonzo's HR drought ends at right time | Youkilis gets everything but a win

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Todd Gurley says Rams believe they can win Super Bowl

Seven players who stood out in Rams' thrilling win over 49ers

Rams WRs Sammy Watkins, Tavon Austin evaluated for concussions

Alec Ogletree throws 49ers player to the ground

WATCH: Pierre Garcon tips his toes for beautiful highlight reel catch

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Aaron Donald called for horrible roughing the passer penalty

Brilliant pass-and-catch from Goff, Watkins highlight TNF

Gordon Hayward: Isaiah Thomas had big role in recruiting me to Boston

Arkansas RB Whaley will play despite reported fight with teammate

Pockets of empty seats for Rams-49ers on Thursday

Clippers hire Bruce Bowen as TV analyst

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker