Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 6-4

The wager with Josh Beckett was made in spring training, when Jonathan Papelbon thought he was still part of the starting rotation.

"We had bets, when interleague came around, on who would hit more home runs, who would have a better average," Papelbon said after last night's 6-4 Red Sox win over the Oakland Athletics. "Then yesterday he goes, 'I just realized our bets are off.' I go, 'Yeah, I know, I can't take your money anymore.' "

With Papelbon now closing, there'...