Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 6-5

Yes, Jason Varitek will make $40 million by the end of 2008, and yes, his unquantifiable contributions are part of the reason.

But that "intangibles" discussion -- save that for another day, and, for that matter, another season.

Just ask Oakland right fielder Bobby Kielty, who felt some pretty tangible pain in his side after crashing into the wall beyond Pesky's Pole in a gutsy, yet futile attempt to keep Varitek's ninth-inning blast out of the seats yesterday.