Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 5-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Just when the Red Sox thought they had retooled for the stretch drive, Mark Bellhorn's injury has prompted them to refocus on the market for infielders.

Both Bellhorn, who fractured his left thumb Sunday when he was hit by a pitch, and Pokey Reese (strained right oblique) could be lost until early September. And while Bill Mueller has moved from third base to second, with Ricky Gutierrez as a backup, the Sox remain concerned about their infield dept...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- With the Nomar Garciaparra firestorm still flickering, Theo Epstein last night turned his attention to the team he rebuilt by cutting loose his franchise shortstop. The Red Sox general manager swooped in during a trip to see his Single A affiliate in Sarasota and witnessed the three new guys he acquired for Garciaparra -- Orlando Cabrera, Doug Mientkiewicz, and Dave Roberts -- play together for the first time.

They helped make it worth the trip. ...