Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 1-0

With starters becoming an endangered species -- Tim Wakefield's cranky back putting him at least temporarily out of commission along with David Wells (balky knee), Matt Clement (sluggish shoulder), and Lenny DiNardo (strained neck) -- the Red Sox weren't quite to ``Spahn and Sain and pray for rain" territory, but they clearly were headed that way.

But before any aspiring composers of couplets could wear themselves out looking for words to rhyme with Beckett or Schilling...