Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 2-1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Talk about your short leashes.

It looks like Keith Foulke lost his job on the basis of a garbage-time ninth inning Opening Day.

The conventional thinking was that the Red Sox would let Foulkie pitch himself out of the closer role by mid-May. Late April at the earliest. Well, it turns out that the Sox pulled the trigger before the end of their first series. Leading, 2-1, going into the bottom of the ninth last night, manager Terry Francona called for ...

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Slender Michael Young, the 2005 American League batting champion, hoped he'd checked his swing on one of those devastating 95-mile-per-hour Josh Beckett fastballs.

The Rangers' shortstop, with two outs in the Texas seventh, did his best sell, holding his bat where he'd like to think he'd finished his swing. But Beckett, who had told pitching coach Al Nipper earlier in the night that he was good for 110 pitches, wasn't buying it. So he appealed to the...