Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 12-5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- On Tuesday night, Julio Lugo, the Tampa Bay shortstop, was lined up in the second baseman's plot of land, playing the Joe Maddon Shift, when David Ortiz lost a baseball in the seats.

In the fifth inning last night, Lugo was playing a modified shift, with Mark Loretta on base, when Ortiz made a James Shields changeup disappear into a chairback in left-center. In the ninth last night, with the Sox clinging to a 6-5 lead and the bases full, Lugo was pl...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Joe Maddon did the best he could. One of his Full Maddon 2-1-4 zone defenses had taken a ball off the bat of David Ortiz that would have been a hit 999 times out of a 1,000 and turned it into an L-4 in your scorebook.

``A guy said to me the other day, `Why aren't you hitting .300?' " Big Papi said with a sigh. ``I said, `You been watching the games?' That's a hit. That's why I'm not hitting .300."

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