Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- They are 100 games into the schedule, four days from the trading deadline, and nine weeks from the end of the season.

A good day to take the temperature of your Boston Red Sox?

Not if you can't look beyond yesterday's dud, a 5-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics in which Frank Thomas demonstrated with two home runs off Kyle Snyder that while he may no longer qualify as the Big Hurt (the license plate on his black BMW still reads ``HRTIT"), he remains o...