Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 8-4

To the immense relief of the Epstein family of Brookline and the Henry family of Boca Raton, Fla., the Red Sox last night delayed no further in demonstrating to the folks at home that, yes, they are perfectly capable of winning in Fenway Park without No. 5.

While a reenergized Nomar Garciaparra (who homered for the Cubs last night) has been smiling so much in his new uniform that one member of the Chicago media said he looks like the Stepford Ballplayer, there were happ...

Sometimes the best way for a pitcher to grow is to deal with adversity.

That's what happened last night to Bronson Arroyo in the sixth inning of the Red Sox' 8-4 victory over Tampa Bay at Fenway Park.

Boston took a 3-1 lead in the fifth, but Tampa Bay came right back. Julio Lugo and Aubrey Huff led off the sixth with singles to right, and Rocco Baldelli slammed a triple down the right-field line to tie the game, 3-3.

No outs, runner on third, and it looked as if t...