Kansas City Royals defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In these downtrodden times, veterans and youngsters should stand in front of the mirror and ask, ``Am I doing enough to help this team win?"

You can say Curt Schilling gave it up last night in a 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals, allowing an embarrassing sweep to one of the worst teams in baseball.

Schilling would say that, especially feeling ``in control" as he walked to the mound with a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning, then retiring the first bat...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One thing is obvious: The Red Sox pitching staff really misses Jason Varitek.

Nobody is pointing fingers at Javy Lopez and Doug Mirabelli, but the small nuances of Varitek's game are lost inside the white lines. Pitchers are now thinking more on their own. Mound visits by the catchers have been fewer. Fewer adjustments are made on the fly.

That's been a problem since Varitek's injury, according to team sources. The Sox, who lost their fifth straig...