Boston Red Sox defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 12-8

PHILADELPHIA -- He's one of the only remaining Sox players who can still provide ammo for the fellowship of the miserable.

Oh, there's still some local grumbling about Keith Foulke, Alan Embree, and now Ramon Vazquez, but Mark Bellhorn is the big dartboard for those who find fault with a first-place team that has won seven straight games.

Bellhorn's an easy target. It seems that all he does is strike out and walk. He's batting only .229 and he's whiffed an amazing 83 ti...

PHILADELPHIA -- Bad umpiring, aching feet, sore shoulders, blazing temperatures, blown leads, a ticked-off opponent and a microchip of a ballpark, David Wells said, that is better suited for the Little League World Series than big league baseball.

That's the obstacle course the Red Sox had to navigate before returning home from their most significant run since they ran the table in New York and St. Louis last October. The last time the Sox were perfect on a trip of equa...