Boston Red Sox defeat Los Angeles Angels, 9-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The blueprint was followed down to almost every nuance, every wrinkle, every desired contour.

Think about it. In your perfect Red Sox postseason dream, ace pitcher Curt Schilling dominates the Anaheim Angels deep into the ballgame. Boston's hitting hombres, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, jump on Anaheim's starting pitching early, rendering moot the daunting bullpen combination of setup man Francisco Rodriguez and closer Troy Percival.

Since it's yo...

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Who would have thought a bunch of idiots (their term, not ours) could look so smart playing the national pastime?

Forget "Baseball for Dummies." The Red Sox yesterday continued crafting a revolutionary version of the primer in their own wacky image.

"We are not the cowboys anymore," Johnny Damon, the team's chief yo-yo, declared. "We are just the idiots this year. We feel like we can win every game, we feel like we have to have fun, and I think tha...

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- It might be as illusory as a smog-free horizon here. It might be wishful thinking. It might be a refusal to acknowledge that even the most accomplished performers in our midst are obliged by the passage of time to cede some of their greatness, sometimes almost imperceptibly, at other times so painfully obvious it hurts, no one more than the artist himself.

But when Pedro Martinez takes the ball tonight against the Anaheim Angels, taking with him to th...