Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 7-4

On a team of idiots, John Olerud would seem to be a misfit.

Olerud might not be the guy dancing on the coffee table with a lamp shade over his head singing ''Sweet Caroline," but he is the guy with the sweetest swing on the Red Sox roster. When he's on, as he was in a 7-4 Red Sox victory over the Devil Rays last night, driving in six runs with a pair of homers and a ground-rule double, there's no one more entertaining to watch.

Olerud, 36, is often the subject of fod...

Sitting in the Boston bullpen in the top of the eighth inning last night, Mike Timlin focused on the Fenway mound, close to 400 feet away, and the imposing righthander at work. The 39-year-old centered his steely eyes on 24-year-old Jonathan Papelbon and witnessed poise, aggression, and arm action that reminded him of one of baseball's best young throwers.

''I see a little Kerry Wood in him," Timlin said. ''Tonight, he attacked the zone. The first two hitters, he had en...