Boston Red Sox defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 12-1

You're not going to find too many lefthanded hitters in a better groove than David Ortiz.

The first baseman/designated hitter went 2 for 4 in last night's 12-1 win over the Phillies and is hitting .444 (16 for 36) with five home runs and 15 RBIs in his last eight games.

Ortiz leads the American League with 28 doubles and has 18 homers and 69 RBIs in 71 games.

"I'm just out there swinging the bat, trying to get good at-bats every time up," Ortiz said. "We have a good ...

Rampant unrest in the Nation. A 25-25 record since May Day. Three consecutive series losses. Sitting second in the American League East, nearer to Tampa Bay than New York. The prospect of falling a season-high six games behind the Yankees. Terry Francona getting roasted like a Fenway Frank on the Fourth of July.

It is times like these when a team calls upon its ace. This is when the guy who is making $17.5 million needs to deliver the goods.

Pedro Martinez responded ...