San Francisco Giants defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Interesting strategy to bench your best hitter, Manny Ramirez, against the National League's most dominating righthander, Jason Schmidt, in order to give him two days off in a row.

Ramirez hadn't gotten a breather, manager Terry Francona said, since the day he flew American and became a US citizen. Just a guess here, but if it was incumbent for Everyday Manny to get an extended hiatus, many Sox fans would have voted that Francona give him tomorrow night of...

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sure, the game turned on a controversial call. A terrible call, by nearly all indications.

But as much as second base umpire Sam Holbrook almost certainly botched a seventh-inning ruling that badly damaged the Red Sox in yesterday's nailbiter by the Bay, the ledger also should preserve an indelible truth: The individuals who really beat the Sox were Jason Schmidt and Edgardo Alfonzo.

In one of the most dazzling pitching performances against the Sox s...