Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 4-3

BALTIMORE -- One week left, a dead heat.

Angioplasty specialists are on alert.

''This season has been absolutely operatic," Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said before the confluence of yesterday's 7-4 Yankee loss to the Blue Jays in the Bronx and 4-3 Red Sox win over the Orioles left the ancient rivals in a tie for the American League East lead, with eight games left.

''We've got to wait for the final scene of the final act," said Lucchino, who flew down for the day with...

BALTIMORE -- A piece of wood, a chip really, splintered off Edgar Renteria's fractured bat as he swung at a heavy B.J. Ryan fastball with the bases full, one out, and the game tied in the ninth inning last night.

Most of the season, Renteria pops the pitch up, retreats with his head down to the dugout, and leaves the heroics up to David Ortiz.

''I've said one of the reasons I wanted to play here was to play with Edgar," said Matt Clement, who pitched six scoreless in...