Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 11-1

BALTIMORE -- Average would have been enough.

Six innings, eight hits, four runs, something like that would have done the job just fine against a woeful Baltimore team outscored, 56-20, by the Sox in seven games this season, all Boston wins, the latest being last night's 11-1 annihilation before 25,607 at Camden Yards. But average didn't get Josh Beckett selected second overall in 1999, higher than any righthanded pitcher since 1977. And average did not get him $7 million o...

BALTIMORE -- A year ago this morning, Jason Varitek had 15 RBIs on the season. This morning he has 18. However, a year ago he was hitting .318 with 7 home runs. Now he's hitting .243 with 3 homers.

The good news: Varitek reached base five times last night, walking three times, singling in a run in the third, and launching a two-run home run to dead center in the ninth off John Halama. With the homer, he came around to score his fourth run of the night.

Varitek's 2-fo...