Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Red Sox have been through too much during this misbegotten journey to say they are returning home with trepidation.

But beyond the pleasure of once again sleeping in their own beds, the comforts of home may not be all they're cracked up to be for the Sox, not when they're coming home shorn of whatever hope remained that they'd extend another baseball summer into October.

``Oh yeah, they'll be welcoming us with open arms," manager Terry Francona...