Boston Red Sox defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 8-0

PHILADELPHIA -- The first time Phillies manager Charlie Manuel saw Manny Ramírez was in the Cleveland Indians' instructional league, when Manuel was a minor league manager and Ramírez was a freshly drafted high schooler out of Washington Heights in Manhattan.

''Even then he had great mechanics, that great balance, which allows him to keep his hands back," Manuel said last night before the Sox and Tim Wakefield smoked the Phillies, 8-0, to move into sole possession of fi...

PHILADELPHIA -- The high school reunion analogy works perfectly.

Terry Francona was the teen geek -- white socks, ear-to-ear zits, a pocket protector. He was bullied and wedgied and they called him a loser. Now he comes back and he's Mark Cuban or Matt Damon. He's got the millions and the sweet ride and a centerfold on each arm. Women dig him and guys want to be him. It would be so easy to gloat.

''I don't like the idea of rubbing somebody's face in it," Francona sai...