Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 9-3

BALTIMORE -- ''Probably, probably," David Wells said yesterday evening, when asked if his ailing right knee will require surgery this offseason.

Still, Wells landed on that knee 104 times yesterday, 77 times with the result being a strike, pitching 6 2/3 innings until leaving with burning in his knee and a win in his hip pocket.

Johnny Damon, damaged wing and all, clubbed a home run, his first in 76 at-bats. A sign, perhaps, that he's feeling healthier?

''No, I don't...

BALTIMORE -- The sweep of the Orioles accomplished, the road portion of the schedule completed, they're coming home.

Home, where the air is redolent of Fenway Franks, Legal's chowder, and Sam Adams beer.

Home, where Molly Walsh answers the phone, and Joe Silva and Mike Chester park the players' cars, and Joe Flanagan, the retired cop, stands guard at the clubhouse door, and the widowed but still-smiling Johnny Pesky, who turns 86 tomorrow, sits just inside.

Home, ...