Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It will be of small comfort to Red Sox fans to learn that their team finished runner-up in the Brad Penny trading-deadline sweepstakes, a Harvard man (Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta) outmaneuvering a Yalie (Sox GM Theo Epstein) for the services of the righthander, who allowed just two hits over eight scoreless innings in his Dodger debut Tuesday night.

DePodesta lured Penny from the Marlins by including catcher Paul Lo Duca in the deal; E...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Of all the challenges manager Terry Francona will face this season, he is enmeshed in one of the most formidable. As much as the blockbuster, four-team trade involving Nomar Garciaparra last Saturday was seen as a watershed event for general manager Theo Epstein, the aftermath has posed a pivotal test for Francona. He needs to add the new players -- Orlando Cabrera, Doug Mientkiewicz, and Dave Roberts -- into the mix without disturbing the team's ch...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As Derek Lowe struggled early in the season, he looked for someone to join him in a stepped-up workout program. He needed someone as eager to improve as he was.

Enter Bronson Arroyo.

"He knew Pedro [Martinez] and [Curt] Schilling weren't going to do it," Arroyo said. "So I was the guy."

Together, they began building strength as they tried to make the second half of their seasons more memorable than the first. And the plan seemed to pay divi...