Boston Red Sox defeat San Diego Padres, 4-2

SAN DIEGO -- Before yesterday's game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona hazarded the observation that Jake Peavy might be "the best right now." Though, he continued, his starter, Josh Beckett, hasn't pitched too poorly either.

And then, showing confidence in his offense -- or perhaps prescience -- Francona said, "If [Peavy] gets hit, doesn't mean he's not."

Peavy got hit, and though it didn't detract from his status as one of the top pitchers in the game, it might have add...