Cleveland Indians defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-2

CLEVELAND - He was painfully polite, as he always is, to the very end, which once again came much too soon for Daisuke Matsuzaka.

It is his custom to wait, when he is being taken out of the game, for a reliever to arrive from the bullpen, so Matsuzaka's discomfort was there for all the world to see as he stood there helplessly, before a swarm of towel-waving Indians fans in Jacobs Field, as Mike Timlin jogged in.

The ball was already in the hands of manager Terry Fra...

CLEVELAND - Fenway Park was bursting with hubris and expectation Saturday night when Manny Ramírez and Mike Lowell hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series against the Indians. Curtain calls all around, and the Red Sox were on the verge of winning their fifth consecutive playoff game and appeared headed back to the World Series.

The midgame rally now feels as though it happened sometime back in 1918.

The Indians...