Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-8

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - From the phenomenally perfect, to the frustratingly flawed.

With Jonathan Papelbon allotted just 1 1/3 innings (18 pitches) last night and the Red Sox and Rays headed to the bottom of the 11th inning, it was time for Mike Timlin. The same Timlin who was not on the Division Series roster, the same Timlin who has struggled monumentally this season, his 18th in the big leagues.

But it was to him the Sox turned, their bullpen nearly wiped out, as t...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If you're thinking that David Ortiz unconsciously provided some "bulletin board" material for the Rays, well, in a way he did. Tampa Bay's manager said as much before Game 2, though it isn't what you might think.

Instead of being offended by Ortiz's hint that the Rays might be feeling playoff pressure, Joe Maddon concurred with the Boston slugger.

"That was our first foray into [the American League Championship Series] and I'd like to believe w...