Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 12-5

BALTIMORE -- For all the inspirational rhetoric, the Red Sox knew deep in their souls that the potential season-turning events in their instant classic Saturday against the Yankees would amount to a hill of beans if they failed to seize the momentum.

No carry-over, no glory.

Their demand to play the Yankees despite the front office's desire to postpone the game, Jason Varitek's galvanizing altercation with Alex Rodriguez, and the stirring comeback capped by Bill Muel...