Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 7-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The wackiest bunch of barnstormers in 21st century baseball, the renegade Red Sox last night played their way into the postseason promised land amid the adulation of a traveling jamboree of fans, none more striking than a flock of bearded, white-robed disciples.

That's right, Johnny Damon's disciples. The day after Pedro Martinez's pal, 28-inch-tall actor Nelson De La Rosa, paid a circus-like visit to Fenway Park, Damon's disciples gathered on th...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Theo Epstein was as perfectly turned out as always last night, if you overlooked the Korbel California Champagne Brut glistening in his hair and spattered on his pants.

"It started out subdued and understated -- I promise," the Red Sox general manager said while taking a brief respite from the party behind him, a private little affair in the visitors' clubhouse for the accidental tourists celebrating the start of another journey they hope will ta...