Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 7-3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- One must always allow for the prospect, even after last night's 7-3 Red Sox win over the Oakland Athletics, that Manny Ramírez may awaken today to an entirely new world of possibilities.

Perhaps he has dreams of relocating to his wife's native Brazil to become a gaucho, riding tall in the saddle. Maybe he'd like to return to his old neighborhood on the far side of Manhattan, strutting through the streets with a boom box on his shoulder the same way he di...