Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 1-0

OAKLAND, Calif. -- One out away, and as Oakland's Shannon Stewart settled into the batter's box, Jason Varitek flashed his fingers from his catcher's crouch.

His signal was for a slider.

On the mound, Curt Schilling shook his head, something he'd done only five, 10 times tops, on this cloudless afternoon in which the sky was turquoise. He wanted to throw a fastball.

In the visitors' dugout, pitcher Josh Beckett's heart was pumping so fast, it was as if he, and not Sc...