Boston Red Sox defeat Los Angeles Angels, 8-6

Poor David Ortiz. All he had to protect him were his silly little goggles as his teammates ambushed him in the postgame frenzy.

A bottle of Great Western here, a bucket of water there, everywhere liquid splashing over him as one teammate after another -- from a minimum-salaried rookie to his $160-million pal, Manny Ramirez -- paid voracious tribute to the smiling slugger.

And why not? In a blast that may be remembered by the first generation of New Englanders in the 21s...

He was the starter in exile, the sixth man in a six-man bullpen. Still, all Derek Lowe wanted was a chance.

Trouble was, Lowe figured he had watched his opportunity slip away as Bronson Arroyo turned in a dandy start, breezing through six-plus innings before he handed off a 6-1 lead to Lowe's fellow relievers in the seventh. Lowe was told before the Division Series that he would serve as the long reliever.

So he never envisioned playing the triumphant role he did for...

Jarrod Washburn is a starter by trade, not a closer, a man more accustomed to easing his way into games rather than nailing doors shut. Early in his career, the Angels lefthander saw his share of the relief biz, and it was just enough for him to know it wasn't really his calling.

"I wasn't very good at it then, either," he said.

The 30-year-old Washburn, who started Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Red Sox Tuesday, was the last man left stand...