Boston Red Sox defeat Chicago White Sox, 3-2

Such sweet relief, this atmosphere of giddiness that enveloped the Fens last night after the steady drumbeat of gloom and despair that has echoed throughout the ancient ballpark in recent days.

There were ovations, loud and long, for all the familiar faces back on the field after extended absences due to injury: the captain, Jason Varitek; the dirt dog, Trot Nixon; and the silent slugger, Manny Ramírez, who in a departure from tradition was the last player to jog out to hi...

The winningest pitcher in the American League since the start of the 2005 season isn't Johan Santana or Roy Halladay or Mike Mussina. It's Jon Garland.

Pitching for the Chicago White Sox, Garland has gone 34-14 since the start of the 2005 season. The 34 wins match St. Louis' Chris Carpenter for the most in the majors during that time period.

If not for the Chicago bullpen, which blew a 2-1 lead in the ninth last night at Fenway Park, Garland, who is 16-4 this season,...