Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-1

Perhaps the Red Sox, in all the trading deadline phone calls that will be made in the next two weeks, could work out the switch that might really make a difference: swapping the American League for the National.

Barring that scenario -- in which the Red Sox' current .600 winning percentage would place them first in the league -- the team simply will have to readjust to the AL, a group that has left them 4-7 since a 12-game winning streak, all against NL teams.