Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 8-7

Johnny Damon had just finished a magical dash around the bases, one that had lifted the Red Sox to one of their most thrilling wins of the season.

His left knee aching and lungs pounding, Damon kept his head.

He knew, before entering the pile of humanity that his scramble toward home plate had helped create, that he had better take his helmet off.

"I know guys like to pound helmets," Damon said. "My head can't take too much more beating."

Instead, most of the mobb...