Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 3-2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Used to be, the Red Sox didn't have to work this hard for a smile here, even in moments of high anxiety.

The locals were often happy to accommodate.

It was here that former Sox pitcher Derek Lowe, trying to close out a game but struggling with his control, was startled on the mound by a man wearing only a Minnesota Vikings cap who bolted onto the field and made naked cartwheels a demonstration sport. By the time Lowe stopped laughing, he was able to r...