FOXBORO - When the head coach has to take time out from watching his patchwork defense give up chunks of fourth-quarter yards to a mediocre quarterback during a potential game-winning drive in order to break up a nasty battle between his Hall of Fame quarterback and his offensive coordinator, it would seem to be an unusual occurrence. So, naturally, one would need to ask Bill Belichick how that whole sideline brouhaha worked out between Tom Brady and Bill O'Brien. And how did the head coach deal with the sparring that took place? "We always go and look at the film and talk about it as a staff and a team about the previous game and things we did well and things we need to do better to get ready for the next opponents," Belichick said, a bit of detail that was known by every person in the room. "That's what Mondays are for."At some point, though, this particular Monday was also for making sure that Bill O'Brien doesn't completely lose his mind on the sidelines at a player again during the game. The reasons beingA) it doesn'thelp the team focus on the situation at hand, B) it reveals a whole lot to the snooping, invasive, irritating media abouthow the Patriots 2011lookand theirritation level the quarterback maybe operating at. Upon further questioning, Belichick offered, "Like I said, we do the same things we always do on Monday. We address the game and we move on to the next opponent. We transition off of one game and into the next. Whatever that is, that is. That's what Mondays are for."Wonder if, when watching that game film, Belichick might get a pang of regret that his quarterback was throwing to Tiquan Underwood in the first place. Meanwhile Jabar Gaffney - who was being shopped by Denver during the offseason - was elsewhere on that same film catching touchdowns on that patchwork secondary. Maybe the quarterback wouldn't be so harsh on his wideouts if he had a more competent group and the Patriots sent a fourth to Denver (which they reportedly were asking) instead of a fifth and a sixth to Cincinnati for the right to pay Chad Ochocinco 6 million to be useless. But we digress. ...
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while knowing that nobody will ever forget the courage and zest for life that 5-year-old Red Sox fan Ari Schultz showed in his far too short life. Rest in peace, little guy.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Chicago Blackhawks adjusting to the returns of both Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp after their short stints away from the fold. It will be really interesting to see if the Blackhawks can recreate their magic by bringing some of the past Cup pieces to the scene after last year’s disappointing end.
*Ilya Kovalchuk is primed for a return to the NHL in 2018-19 after playing one more season, an Olympic season no less, in the KHL.
*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Arpon Basu chronicling the day with the Cup in Montreal for Marc-Andre Fleury.
*Speaking of the Blackhawks, it sounds like Jonathan Toews is going to scale back on the “Captain Serious” approach to his hockey career this upcoming season.
*Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee is pleased with the state of his expansion team after looking at some of the pieces, and doing a little wheeling and dealing after the fact. I mean, you have to wheel and deal if you’re a hockey team in Vegas, right?
*Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar is relieved his new contract with the Winged Wheels will allow him to avoid arbitration.
*For something completely different: It remains to be seen whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but we’re completely in a culture where media entities are writing full stories about posters. Okay, I think this is a bad thing and my mind is already made up.
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- When runs come in bunches, so do the wins for the Los Angeles Angels.
Simmons hit his 10th homer of the season to left and put the Angels ahead 4-3 in the third inning after falling behind early. Pujols doubled to score Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to start the four-run outburst.
"When we got a pitch to hit we hit it hard," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Albert got us going, that's a big double. One thing that can get you back into the game, extra-base hits tonight showed up."
The Angels improved to 38-10 when scoring four or more runs, compared to a 10-41 mark when held to three or fewer.
Battering Red Sox ace David Price even after facing a 3-0 deficit after two innings made this particular offensive eruption all the more impressive.
"We started chipping away," said Simmons, who went 2 for 4. "Guys just kept putting up good at-bats. We just didn't make it easy for them."
JC Ramirez (9-8) recorded his second win at home in 11 starts, striking out six while allowing one earned run and five hits in six innings despite struggling early.
The Red Sox got off to another fast start after scoring five runs in the first inning on Friday. Hanley Ramirez had an RBI single to start the scoring, and the Red Sox got two runs in the second after the Angels' franchise-record streak of 14 games without an error ended when Ramirez couldn't make the catch to complete a double play while covering first. Mookie Betts hit his 31st double to knock in a run and then was driven in by Andrew Benintendi for a 3-0 lead.
However, the Angels were able to respond after dropping the series opener. They added two runs in the fifth when Simmons singled, again bringing home Pujols, and he scored on a throwing error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
Trout picked up an RBI in the sixth, giving him five in seven games this home stand.
Price (5-3) gave up five earned runs and seven hits in five innings, allowing more than three earned runs for only the second time this year.
"The one thing that they did do well was they forced him to throw a lot of pitches," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "Obviously, the third inning, two big swings were the difference."
ANOTHER PUJOLS MILESTONE
Pujols became the 26th player to score 1,700 runs when he touched home plate after Simmons went deep. Pujols joins Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez and Willie Mays in amassing at least 600 home runs and 1,700 runs.
Scioscia called Pujols' continued climb into the history books a moment of "living history."
"He's had an incredible career and he's got more in his tank," Scioscia said. "It's fun to see the guys he is connected with."
Farrell got the boot for arguing with umpire Phil Cuzzi in the middle of the fifth, though his original intent was to keep Dustin Pedroia from the same outcome. But by the time Farrell got to home plate, Pedroia had ended his conversation with Cuzzi and Farrell picked up where it left off.
"Anytime you make a comment about balls and strikes, that's probably what it's going to get you," Farrell said.
Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (strained oblique) pitched four innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Salt Lake, giving up three earned runs and six hits.
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (4-12, 4.60 ERA) has just one win in his last 10 starts, but it came against the Angels last month. Porcello has allowed two earned runs in 14 innings over his last two starts, striking out 13 without allowing a walk in that span, and still took the loss in both outings.
Angels: RHP Parker Bridwell (3-1, 3.18 ERA) went a career-high 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win against the Red Sox last month. Bridwell has held opponents to two earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts.