Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 7-4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- These are gut-check times.

Times when a team could use bullpen woes as an excuse for going into a tailspin, throwing up its collective hands and saying, ''How can we do it?" That the Red Sox did not do that in beating the Texas Rangers in two of three games is what impressed the players and manager Terry Francona following last night's 7-4 win.

''What choice do we have?" said third baseman Bill Mueller. ''You go out there and play baseball the bes...

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Johnny Damon wasn't afraid to give his opinion on Curt Schilling being added to the bullpen before last night's 7-4 victory over the Rangers. And when Damon was told after the game that Terry Francona said Schilling, along with Mike Timlin, would share the closer's role, Damon didn't back down.

''You've got a lot of upset people in here," said Damon about the feelings of teammates on the decision to insert Schilling and bypass what other team members...