Kansas City Royals defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. --The team meeting held prior to last night’s game wasn’t designed to fuel the emotions of the players.

In fact, it was designed, as Mike Lowell described it after a 5-4 walkoff loss to the Royals last night, as a meeting where ‘‘we just talked about trying to relax and playing our brand of baseball and not letting little things bother us. We came out of that meeting in a great frame of mind. We have great management and staff that doesn’t put that kind...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Remember when Red Sox Nation was ready to panic in the streets? It was premature. But maybe now . . .

When you can no longer rely on Jonathan Papelbon to close out a one-run game; when you can no longer depend on Manny Ramírez to get the ball out of his glove to make an attempt at gunning down the winning run; and when you've lost for a second straight time to the lowly Royals, then if not panic, there has to be major concern as to where the 2006 Red...