Cleveland Indians defeat Boston Red Sox, 13-6

In a time-honored tradition, the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians staged an epic duel into the wee hours last night at Fenway Park.

The Indians won, 13-6, in 11 innings, and tied the American League Championship Series at one game apiece. On a weekend when New England's unbeaten football teams inspire dreams of BCS title games and Super Bowls, the Red Sox reminded us that the World Series march comes first. The game was billed as a pitcher's duel between Curt Schilling, on...

The first round of curtain calls last night at Fenway Park, while well-deserved, proved premature. The bows by Manny Ramírez and Mike Lowell after their back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning were a Hallmark moment for the Red Sox in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, especially for Ramírez, who became the all-time leading home run hitter in postseason history (23 and counting).

But the winners' handshakes did not come until long after midnight, and ...