Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 15-3

Hopefully, Mark Ellis can take it easy on himself even if the buzz only lasts a day.

Standing in front of his locker, having just slipped on a powder blue polo and jeans, Ellis didn't look like a guy who had gone 3 for 6, or a guy who had sent the first pitch he'd seen in the fourth inning from Red Sox hurler Josh Beckett over the Monster for his fourth home run, or a guy who had tied a career high with five RBIs, because this season has been a career low.

``I'm havi...

The vacuum cleaner, on a little earlier than usual, was the only noise breaking the silence of an empty clubhouse, its inhabitants having evacuated not 45 minutes after the final out was recorded. The Red Sox, losers of their last three, two in extra innings plus last night's 15-3 debacle, had reason to escape. Ballpark experiences have not been pleasant for these Red Sox lately.

Combined with a 19-inning loss to the White Sox Sunday and an 11-inning loss to the A's Thu...

He is the Bridgemaster, the Bombino, the man most likely to send you home with a souvenir if you are sitting in the Monster Seats. Big league hitters, most of them American Leaguers, are takin' it to the streets at a record pace against Red Sox righty Josh Beckett in 2006.

The immortal Mark Ellis took Beckett over the Green Monster in the fourth inning of last night's 15-3 dismantling by the Oakland A's. If you're scoring at home, that's three straight losses for the So...