Boston Red Sox defeat Detroit Tigers, 11-9

DETROIT -- Games like these come along once every few generations, which was just fine with Tim Wakefield.

The knuckleballer set a Red Sox record and tied a post-1900 major league standard as he became the first pitcher to surrender six home runs in a game since George Caster of the Philadelphia Athletics Sept. 24, 1940. The good news was, the Sox outlasted the Tigers, 11-9, helping Wakefield become the first pitcher to allow six homers in a game and win since Sloppy Thurs...

DETROIT -- Terry Francona sat in a chair in his office with his hands over his scarred knees, happy and somewhat relieved that his team's four-city, 11-game road trip had ended with six wins following yesterday's 11-9 victory over the Tigers. The Red Sox skipper always sees brighter days ahead, and he hopes the upcoming homestand could be a launching point for a team that has underachieved, a team that by his own admission hasn't been easy to manage. Which is why, perhaps,...