Minnesota Twins defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-3

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Red Sox are only a game out of first place.

They return home for a big, fat nine-game homestand beginning Monday. They are ahead of last year's pace, when they landed a postseason berth for a franchise-record third consecutive season.

So how come it feels like the SS Francona is taking on water and there aren't enough lifeboats?

Maybe it's because the Sox have stopped hitting (six runs in 30 innings in the Metrodome), their pitching is shredding, a...

MINNEAPOLIS -- The second level of the Metrodome in right and right-center is curtained off, in an attempt to make this cavernous building feel more intimate. The canvas that blankets those seats in the heavens is adorned with the images of former Twins greats. Situated up there is a massive photo of a young and smiling Kirby Puckett. And last night, in the sixth inning of the Red Sox' 5-3 loss, David Ortiz hit a ball that, in the estimation of Twins center fielder Torii H...