Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 4-0

Red Sox medical director Bill Morgan said Wednesday that if Tim Wakefield was still feeling the effects of the line drive he took in the back of his right shoulder last Saturday in Anaheim, Calif., it would be obvious.

"He'll probably have limited motion and discomfort," Morgan said after clearing Wakefield to pitch. "If the discomfort clouds his performance, it will be apparent."

But the only thing apparent last night was that Wakefield looked as if he hadn't been i...

Enough was enough. With one dispiriting loss leading to another as they plunged a whopping nine games behind the division-leading Yankees, the Red Sox made no secret after they dropped the opener of yesterday's day-night doubleheader against the Orioles that losing the nightcap could place them in terrible peril.

Spinning all kinds of cotton-candy optimism was fine and dandy, several players suggested, but there was no sugarcoating the prospect of the franchise's 86-yea...