Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 11-9

On a sunny, breezy afternoon at Fenway Park, where 35,060 fans witnessed Jason Varitek's first career grand slam, a gutsy performance by Edgar Renteria that included three hits and four RBIs just hours after a painful outfield collision with Manny Ramirez, and a Sox offense that rebounded from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 11-9, for their eighth straight win, the story yesterday remained Matt Clement.

The focus was on Clement, not only because he was mak...

Curt Schilling still intends to return to the starting rotation, but he has had plenty of work during the Sox' eight-game winning streak, saving six and winning one.

''I told [manager Terry Francona] today I had one [inning] in me and that would be pushing it, but once the eighth inning rolled around I said, 'Hey, I'm ready to go in the eighth,' so the game plays a role in it," Schilling said after yesterday's 11-9 win over the Royals. ''I'm not really surprised. Last y...