Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 7-4

There's only one conclusion you can draw: The Red Sox and Devil Rays are incapable of playing a normal baseball game.

In last night's 7-4 win over the Devils Rays before 36,423 roaring fans at Fenway Park, you had the drama of Adam Stern's diving, game-ending catch in center field with the bases loaded.

You had Tampa manager Joe Maddon's unique David Ortiz shift, which featured six players in the outfield and no infielders on the left side, a formation he dreamed up ...

Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon said it took him five rides on the stationary bike to come up with the David Ortiz shift he implemented in last night's 7-4 loss to the Red Sox.

''We've been thinking about this for a while," Maddon said. ''The topic's been broached, but we finally put it into play today. Honestly, I've been thinking and thinking about it. When I do my bike rides, I think about things like that.

''I've been involved with defense for years. When you look ...