San Diego Padres defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-1

The rain delay lasted 2 hours 21 minutes at Fenway Park last night, but this game really was over when the storm began at 8:44 p.m.

Three errors, none bigger than Andy Dominique's in the fifth inning, spoiled Nomar Garciaparra's season debut as the San Diego Padres pinned an 8-1 loss on the Red Sox, dropping Boston 3 1/2 games behind the Yankees in the American League East.

Only Johnny Damon's home run in the the eighth inning, his first since May 19, salvaged a comp...

Fenway returned to normal last night. No. 5 was running his sprints in the outfield before the game. He was in the first base dugout, surrounded by his equipment, concentrating like only he can, flashing that "touch-my-stuff-and-I'll-kill-you" look toward anyone who made eye contact. He signed autographs while standing by the tarp.

And he was in the batter's box, kicking the toes of his shoes into the dirt, twitching, blinking, and fidgeting with his batting gloves. Mak...