Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 7-4

If Keith Foulke had been merely bad, Shaughnessy would be onto something.

The American League East race really would be over.

The mystery is how it is even remotely possible for them to be in first place with someone as transcendently horrible as Foulke has been as their so-called ''closer," the modern euphemism for the guy we used to call the ''short man," or ''fireman."

I suppose first place isn't the issue in this era of multi-divisions. The issue is the strict W-...