Chicago White Sox defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-4

CHICAGO -- This is not ideal, not easy, and most definitely not healthy -- for them or you -- but this is what the Red Sox know, and that, it seems, is where their hope and faith lie.

Down two games to none to Cleveland in the 1999 Division Series. Down two games to none to Oakland in the 2003 Division Series. Down three games to none to the Yankees in the 2004 Championship Series. Revived, and resplendent, in all three.

''We've been down this road," the composed spo...

CHICAGO -- They've been tested before, these cartoon characters from Yawkey Way. Over the last three years, the Red Sox have routinely performed magic while feeling the love of our region like no team in the long history of Boston sports.

And now they are up against it again, staring into the face of elimination in the wake of one of the most gruesome postseason losses since . . . there is simply no other way to put this . . . the Bill Buckner game.

This one goes dow...

CHICAGO -- Bobby Jenks has a scar on the back of his pitching hand, a reminder of the long road he has taken to find a spot as the closer on the team with the best record in the American League.

No wonder then that the rookie with the scar the size of a silver dollar on his money hand wasn't worried when he was called upon by the White Sox last night to save Game 2 of the American League Division Series and give his team a 2-0 lead over the Red Sox.

''In the sixth an...

CHICAGO -- There have been few times in David Wells's life when he has not allowed himself full license for his feelings to burst forth, regardless of what havoc that might cause.

This was one of those times. Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino, twice a teammate, approached the lefthander on the mound, both men shaken by what had just happened: A ball that might have been rolled out of a toddler's hand had slipped beneath the glove of Graffanino, an error of a magnit...