Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 7-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There might be icicles hanging from the gyroball this afternoon, but the change in atmospheric conditions here meant more to the Red Sox than just a precipitous drop in temperature.

The 42-degree game-time reading in Kauffman Stadium last night -- 37 degrees colder than it had been at game time two days earlier -- was more than offset by the thaw in the Sox' dugout after they posted their first win of 2007, a 7-1 beating of the Kansas City Royals.