Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-0

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A season slipping away took another crushing turn last night, even before a ragtag team of Red Sox was beaten, 9-0, by the Oakland Athletics.

About 20 minutes before the first pitch, David Ortiz was scratched from a starting lineup that once again was missing Manny Ramírez. ``He isn't feeling well," said PR man Peter Chase, who had been briefed on Ortiz's condition in the dugout by Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein.

But it wasn't until after the...