Boston Red Sox defeat Los Angeles Angels, 6-3

All week, the chatter was about Johnny Damon's pedicure, Jason Varitek's back waxing, and Kevin Millar's pumpkin facial.

Yesterday, all the action was on the field as the Red Sox brought their makeover maharishis, the crew of ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," to Fenway Park to sing the national anthem and throw out the opening pitch before a crowd of 35,000.

Many cheered. But others shook their heads or looked on stoically. Isolated boos also resonated in the ballyard....

Pat Torra has gone through more scorebooks than she can count. Ever since her son, Matt, first toed the Little League rubber in Pittsfield in the early '90s, she has been a fixture at his games. She sits in the bleachers or in a lawn chair, and chronicles the action with a well-sharpened pencil.

She and her husband, Jim, who owns a small building and remodeling business, never missed one of Matt's starts at Pittsfield High School. Nor did they miss one during the past t...

Do not get caught up in the stats. That should be lesson No. 1 in the soon-to-be-released Hub hardball primer, ''Baseball for Idiots" (foreword by you-know-who).

The numbers, clearly, do not always figure.

Consider the underlying numerators, denominators, and ballyard trigonometrics of Boston's 6-3 win over the Angels yesterday at the Fens:

The first four hitters in the Boston lineup -- Mark Bellhorn, Edgar Renteria, David Ortiz, and Manny Ramirez -- went a collec...