Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 2-1

The clutch guys all have some kind of routine.

Carl Yastrzemski would bend over, scoop up some dirt, then rub it into both hands like a man intent on starting a fire. David Ortiz spits into his batting gloves, then mashes his hands together as he prepares to hit.

Ortiz rescued the Red Sox again Friday night. When it looked like the suddenly banjo-hitting Franconamen were going to lose, 2-1, Big Papi crushed a solo homer in the sixth inning that tied the score and allowe...

Manny Ramirez was simply looking for a little elbow room in the 10th inning Friday night when he inadvertently won the game, the knob of his left arm hit by a wayward Keiichi Yabu pitch with the bases loaded.

Last night's game he won, too, but more conventionally, with a towering solo homer that snapped a 1-all sixth-inning tie in a crucial 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics, maintaining a tenuous 1 1/2-game lead on the Yankees, who beat Toronto, 1-0, behind Shawn C...