Gagne sucks!!

I was little fired up about last night’s loss if you hadn’t noticed. Jon Lester struggled in the first inning but settled down after that and gave the Red Sox 6 2/3 great innings. When Eric Gagné came in for the 8th, I thought to myself, “here we go again”. I know I shouldn’t think like that but when he’s come into a situation like this and blown it, what are we supposed to think. After he got the first two outs, I figured ok, get this third out and we will see Jonathan Papelbon in the 9th. Then the implosion came and all the sudden the Sox were down 4-2. Julio Lugo homered in the 9th but that was all the Sox could muster as they lost 4-3. The Sox rest their hopes for a win on Clay Buchholz tonight but before he does, let’s take a look at the headlines from the Boston area and Toronto media on a chilly morning along the shores of the Long Island Sound.

Gagné at a loss for words [Boston Globe]

Blue Jays spoil Gagne’s homecoming [The Globe and Mail]

Reliever blows lead, Sox only up 2 1/2 in East [Boston Herald]

Gagne’s gaffe saves day for Jays [Toronto Star]

Gagne Gives It Up [Hartford Courant]

Burnett gets his reward [Toronto Sun]

Red Sox’ pitching not up to pennant-winning task [Pro Jo]

Another one slips away[Boston Globe]

Jays wallowing in mediocrity [Toronto Sun]

Manny Runs Into More Problems [Hartford Courant]

Big Papi’s knee causes pain again [Boston Herald]

Gagne implodes; Red Sox lose third straight [Pro Jo]

Red Sox playing out the string with sights on playoffs [Toronto Star]

Without Ramirez, muscle still missing from lineup [Boston Globe]

Francona shuffles pitching to prepare for the playoffs [Pro Jo]

For more headlines and stories, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Toronto Sun websites.