Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 1-0

As a ``by the way" moment, it will be hard to trump this one from Terry Francona during his usual postmortem in the Red Sox' interview room at Fenway Park.

Winding up an answer about Josh Beckett's performance in yesterday's 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals, the Sox manager said, ``He threw the ball so well that I think Theo [Epstein] just gave him a three-year deal."

There was laughter in the room.

``No, I'm serious," Francona said. ``If he pitches good next t...

After yesterday's 1-0 win, Josh Beckett's American League-leading 12th of the season, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein approached the man he had signed to a three-year contract extension the night before.

``Way to make us look good," Epstein told Beckett.

On Tuesday night, closing negotiations that started just before the All-Star break, Beckett and the Sox agreed to a contract that will keep him on the Fenway Park mound through 2009 (the club holds an option for...