Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 9-6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Think of the options available to Theo Epstein had he chosen to stay home this weekend.

He could have popped into the Patriots' draft room in Foxborough and observed counterpart Scott Pioli in action. He could have helped mom Ilene push Christopher Blue jeans at The Studio in Brookline. He could have taken his girlfriend to Johnny D's in Somerville to watch a sax player for the Funky White Honkies perform a solo while hanging upside down.

Or he c...