Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 6-4

Nobody is going to say in early August that the Red Sox are primed to run away with the American League East, but it sure feels that way, doesn't it?

That feeling last night wasn't so much the product of the Red Sox' 6-4 win over the hapless Kansas City Royals, which extended their winning streak to six games. But with the Yankees' 6-5 loss to Cleveland, the Red Sox got their lead up to 3 1/2 games for the first time since a July 8 win at Baltimore.

That is no small ...

It was as if he'd returned from summer vacation, and couldn't be happier to find he still had his old locker, the same friends sitting around him in home room, and the most beautiful teacher in school walking into his algebra class.

Manny Ramirez was back in the starting lineup last night for the Red Sox' 6-4 win over the Kansas City Royals, and in case anyone missed the significance of the moment, he ducked inside the left-field scoreboard (when are they going to paint...