Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-6

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- This Torture at the Trop could not end without the home team sticking out its tongue one last time at the visiting Red Sox.

Sox reliever Julian Tavarez, still absorbing the impact of allowing Greg Norton's 10th-inning walkoff home run that made 7-6 winners of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, was walking off the mound when the ear-splitting PA system, so overamped that George Mitchell should investigate, began to play ``Sweet Caroline."

But just a few...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier cologne, the French fragrance David Ortiz had found so appealing a couple of nights earlier, was delivered to the visitors' clubhouse yesterday afternoon. It was accompanied by a note.

``You're a special person. Thank you for what you've meant to the entire game. [Signed], Joe Maddon."

The Tampa Bay manager, who uses the stuff himself, as Ortiz discovered when he ran into Maddon leaving the ballpark Friday nigh...