Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-6

Thousands of miles away, Aaron Small went out yesterday afternoon, the day after Oakland pounded New York, 12-0, and delivered a bold and necessary five-hit shutout for the Yankees.

Matt Clement, surely aware of this, climbed the Fenway mound last night and worked eight innings, the eighth as impressive as any other -- strikeouts of Melvin Mora and Miguel Tejada, a Jay Gibbons single, then a Javy Lopez ground out on pitch No. 110 -- in the Red Sox' 7-6 win, maintaining ...

They were still in idle mode in the Red Sox bullpen last night when Mike Myers, sitting alongside Mike Timlin, mapped out Timlin's next month for him.

''I said to him, 'Let's see, the Yankees, you'll pitch five of six,' " Myers said. ''He said, 'That's enough.'

''I said, 'No, we've still got seven against Toronto, you'll pitch five of those seven. That's 10 more games for you. That'll get you up to 80. You'll pitch two in Tampa, one in Baltimore. Anaheim? We'll kick ...