Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 5-1

For John Halama, the only drawback to his Memorial Day relief performance was its timing.

The Red Sox lefthander entered Monday's 8-1 loss to Baltimore moments after televisions and radios around New England clicked off when David Newhan cracked a grand slam off starter Bronson Arroyo to give the Orioles a 7-0 lead.

What fans missed was arguably Halama's finest outing in Boston. He worked 4 1/3 innings and didn't allow a single hit by the thunderous Baltimore bats. Hala...

When Red Sox medical director Thomas Gill sat down a bleeding and contused Johnny Damon inside the clubhouse during last night's game, Gill spoke four words to Damon: blue, plane, tree, and grass. Ten minutes later, Gill, approached Damon, asking for a verbal recital, to check for concussion clues. Damon repeated the words.

''So," he proclaimed, ''I still know those."

His teammates, even without their center fielder, who had four stitches above his right eyelid, and ...