Boston Red Sox defeat Chicago White Sox, 9-8

For those who might think David Ortiz divides his winters between watching the Green Bay Packers in his wife's native Wisconsin and lying on a beach in his native Dominican Republic, let us introduce you to Ramon, Luis, and Frank, who had at least as much to do with Ortiz's big bash last night as the little kid who looked up at Ortiz yesterday morning while posing for a photo with Papi and said, ''You're going to hit two home runs tonight."

''I said, 'Whoo -- I don't kn...

The Red Sox are a special team at Fenway Park, and not even White Sox ace Mark Buehrle could prevent the local nine from winning its 12th in a row at home.

The Chicago lefthander came in with gaudy numbers -- a 13-4 record and 2.79 ERA -- but the Sox pounded him for six runs and 12 hits through seven innings. Buehrle, who threw 113 pitches, was far from sharp, but it was just two pitches that did the All-Star in. Jason Varitek hit a two-run homer in the fifth, then Davi...