St. Louis Cardinals defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-2

ST. LOUIS -- Could Terry Francona and one of his pitchers face the wrath of league disciplinarian Bob Watson again?

Francona, who has been outspoken in his criticism of Watson's punishments this season, might get to critique Watson again after both he and Matt Mantei were ejected from last night's 9-2 loss to the Cardinals.

It will be interesting to see whether Francona's previous comments will hurt or help his cause this time around. It also will be interesting to s...

ST. LOUIS -- Anytime, anyplace -- the more daunting, the better -- the 2004 Red Sox were up for a fight. So, too, it seems, is the 2005 edition, only these Red Sox, an evolving collection of 25 men, 10 of whom are without diamonds and rubies and white gold on their hands, have often been fighting themselves.

Evidence? Look no further than Matt Mantei, whose hit two Cardinals in the seventh inning last night, the second earning him the door, joined by rule by manager Ter...