Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 7-4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The question was, perhaps, inevitable.

With all of his hits, all of his timely hits, at some point an overeager reporter was bound to ask Red Sox manager Terry Francona whether Kevin Youkilis could now be put in the category of Manny Ramírez, or even David Ortiz, in terms of his ability in the clutch. So apparently, yesterday was the day.

Lumping Youkilis with those two is certainly premature. But the question even being asked highlighted the dynamic...