Boston Red Sox defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 12-3

In the course of the Big One-Six-Two, some of these affairs really are more important than others.

A loss is not always just a loss, and a win very often can be, well, a Win.

This was one of those Wins.

"We needed that," said Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. "We really needed that game today."

"We needed to find a way to win today," said manager Terry Francona. "Preferably a good-looking win, but any win."

This is a Red Sox team that had lost three consecutive se...

The Good Sox and the Bad Sox.

These days, one has no idea which Red Sox team is going to show up. The Good Sox returned yesterday at Fenway Park, just in time for their huge three-game series in the Bronx starting tomorrow night. While hardly a team bursting with confidence, Boston will enter the series against the Yankees on the heels of a 12-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, against whom they won two out of three.

Desperate to avoid reverting to the Bad Sox, wh...

The prize hitter, Carlos Beltran, has gone to Houston, and now the prize pitcher, Freddy Garcia, has gone to the Chicago White Sox.

Garcia yesterday was dealt from Seattle, along with catcher Ben Davis and cash, for catcher Miguel Olivo and two prospects -- outfielder Jeremy Reed and infielder Michael Morse. The Red Sox didn't have anyone of Reed's caliber in their minor league system to give up. While general manager Theo Epstein explored the options on Garcia, in the ...