Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 5-4

At 3 p.m. yesterday, wicked winds swept across the ancient Fenway lawn and the afternoon sky took on the menacing look of El Greco's ''View of Toledo." Some neighborhood trees were felled (one crashed on the home of Sox CEO Larry Lucchino) and the cherished championship banner in center was in danger of being torn to shreds.

It seemed like a bad omen, almost biblical.

After the storm, we saw a ballgame that had all the magic ingredients of 2004, fueling a desperate N...

His eyes have increasingly taken on the color of his favored Majestic pullover. And yet, amid that bloodshot gaze, there was a conviction in Terry Francona's look last night, and David Ortiz's ninth-inning, game-ending RBI single had only something to do with it.

''You can say what you want," Francona said late last night, his team, once behind, 4-1, pulling out a most vital 5-4 walkoff win over the Blue Jays. ''You can act even outwardly however you do. But you can't f...

Nice gesture, but a bit superfluous, isn't it, this business of naming a plane after David Ortiz, which he gets to see for the first time today at Logan.

You're Big Papi, who needs an airplane?

And if you're the Red Sox, who needs another ride when you have the giant arms of Ortiz holding you aloft in a playoff race that comes down to the season's final weekend with the Yankees a game ahead of the Sox in the American League East, and the Indians and Sox dead even in ...