Boston Red Sox defeat Los Angeles Angels, 7-2

For the better part of a windswept, rain-drenched morning in the Fens, there appeared to be as much chance of the Red Sox playing yesterday as pizzas flying in the stands, Josh Beckett being wide awake before breakfast, or Julio Lugo looking as good in leather as Alex Gonzalez.

But the window of opportunity predicted by Sox chief operating officer Mike Dee -- relying on the team's private meteorologists -- materialized, and all the other improbabilities fell into place....