Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 4-1

One day during the Barry Bonds watch in San Francisco, Giants manager Felipe Alou was watching a Red Sox-Yankees game.

Mark Loretta was up and Alou said softly, as he pointed to the screen, ``That's a good baseball player right there."

Loretta might not have the swing of Manny Ramírez or the presence of David Ortiz, but he has a vivid role on the 2006 Red Sox, which is to be a heads-up player who wins games with intangibles.

One such moment occurred in the sixth inni...