Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 7-5

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rene Lachemann, who in 40 years in the game rarely has missed a chance to crack wise, laughed when he heard that Red Sox third base coach Dale Sveum, who holds the job Lachemann had with the Sox in the mid-1980s, was the subject of a lengthy profile in last Sunday's Globe Magazine.

''Hardest job in sports? When I was there, they used to call me 'windmill' and that guy [Mike]Barnicle wrote that if I was an air traffic controller, the harbor would be fu...

OAKLAND, Calif. -- You don't need anything crafty to explain the Red Sox' 7-5 win over the A's last night. A series of bizarre numbers should suffice.

Take four. That's the number of hits the Sox had all night, while somehow managing seven runs. Or three. That's how many earned runs Oakland reliever Juan Cruz allowed in two innings despite not giving up a hit. Or 11. That's how many walks Oakland pitching issued, seven of them by starter Barry Zito. Or three, the number...