Boston Red Sox defeat Washington Nationals, 6-3

With surfer-boy looks and sunglasses perched on his head, Kyle Snyder looked, for a second, like a supersized Bronson Arroyo, come back to save a Red Sox pitching staff that recently has succumbed to the disabled list.

It was startling, then, when the bright blue Kansas City Royals duffel came into view, slung over Snyder's shoulder. Taking a castoff from the worst franchise in baseball does not often signal positive things for a team in first place in its division.