Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 7-6

If only the Sox could bottle this -- the passion, the energy, the team-becoming-a-team situations that seem to arise, time and again, against the poor club out of Tampa Bay that can afford only a basement apartment in the AL East.

It was on that terrifying July 26 night in Tampa Bay, when Matt Clement took a baseball off the side of the head, that the Sox launched an an eight-game unbeaten streak.

And last night, despite falling behind, 5-0, after two innings, at whi...

He's like Maverick after Goose died in ''Top Gun." He's like Puff the Magic Dragon after Jackie Paper came no more. He's like Howard Dean after The Scream, like Cam Neely after Ulf Samuelsson's cheap shot.

Maybe it's too much to ask after what he did last year, but Curt Schilling is just not the same bloody pitcher he was last October -- and in all the months leading up to the postseason drama of 2004. It's a chilling prospect with the Yankees charging from behind, and ...