Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-2

Kevin Millar, at the center of a scrum of New York media types seeking some back-page material for the weekend Red Sox-Yankees series, insisted before last night's first pitch that his team's focus had not strayed ahead to the pinstripers.

"It's Tampa tonight," said Millar, noting that the Sox should have fared better than they did last weekend against another bottom-feeder, the Seattle Mariners. "I can't comment on the Yankee series until we get there.

"The most...

When Scott Kazmir went out to throw his warmup pitches in the fifth inning of last night's 5-2 victory over the Red Sox, the Devil Rays rookie had to give himself a mental slap in the face.

"I kind of stopped myself," said Kazmir. "I was just going through the motions and in my mind I was saying to myself, `Is this really happening? Am I at Fenway, pitching against Pedro?' It's incredible."

Kazmir is having a season young ballplayers dream about. He started in the lo...