Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 9-1

Curt Schilling lives for the late innings.

It's something that goes back to the days when Johnny Podres, the wily Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher, coached Schilling in the Red Sox farm system.

Podres told the youthful Schilling, "You make your reputation as a starter pitching in the big leagues after the sixth inning."

"It's something I always prided myself on," said Schilling, who yesterday became the first Sox pitcher to throw a complete game this season in a 9-1 win over...

An inside-the-park home run is a neat little thing to have on your resume.

"I'm a speed guy," said Pokey Reese. "It's good for me to have at least one inside-the-park job."

When Mr. Reese came to the plate in the fifth inning of yesterday's 9-1 conquest of the Kansas City Royals, he had zero career inside-the-park home runs, as in never, anywhere, not that he could think of. And he wasn't trying to hit the baseball anywhere in particular, not with one out and none on...

Theo Epstein's vision for the Red Sox seemed to crystallize yesterday on a pristine afternoon at Fenway Park.

One could see what the general manager was thinking in bringing in another big-time pitcher in Curt Schilling. And one could see better than ever the reason for signing Pokey Reese, not only to be the starting second baseman, but to back up Nomar Garciaparra if he was injured.

Reese is playing some of the best shortstop ever seen around here, and with his mor...