Boston Red Sox defeat Detroit Tigers, 7-4

DETROIT -- If a look into a crystal ball shows Pedro Martinez not wearing a Red Sox uniform a year from now, would it be considered the worst non-signing in Boston since Roger Clemens?

With Nomar Garciaparra traded to the Cubs, nothing seems shocking anymore. But Martinez, who was in vintage form in last night's 7-4 win over the Tigers, looks as dominating as ever. He may do it a little differently now, with a killer curveball and a dynamite changeup as opposed to the 9...

DETROIT -- They desperately were seeking something: a spark, a galvanizing event, a turning point, anything to launch them toward the playoffs as they reached the two-thirds point of a confoundingly frustrating season.

Maybe the Red Sox received it last night from the mastery of Pedro Martinez. Or the second coming of David Ortiz. Or, crazy as it may seem, from a frustrated Kevin Millar, who called for more consistency in the lineup before he replaced a suddenly-ill Man...