Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-3

It was the first Fenway game of the No Nomar Era, and it was a bad night for the Boston Red Sox.

Hang down your heads, John Henry, Larry Lucchino, and Theo Epstein. You too, Terry Francona. And all you guys in uniform -- you just keep telling yourselves that any day now you'll take off on a hot streak. You are 45-44 since May 1 and you have a chance to be remembered as the biggest pack of frauds ever to don the Sox uniform.

All the good feeling of two straight wins o...

But for a feverish Manny Ramirez, the stars could not have been aligned more favorably for a flying start to this 10-game homestand for the Red Sox. Curt Schilling on the mound on which he hadn't lost this season, the improved-but-still-a-soft-touch Devil Rays in the other dugout, a full house at Fenway Park ready to make the new names on the roster feel lucky they'd landed in Boston.

But that was before baseballs began leaving the premises at a rate that may not have b...