Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 13-4

They have been in this spot before.

A tight spot, and an unforgiving one. The Red Sox have been down and have made it out, as recently as last year's American League Championship Series, when they yielded three of the first four games to the Indians, and in the 2004 ALCS, when they lost the first three games to the Yankees. At those points, it did not seem as if the Sox were on the brink of a comeback.

Nor does it seem that way today.

As the Red Sox wake up on their ...

Tim Wakefield, 42, last night became the oldest man to start an American League Championship Series game. He is in the autumn of his career, of course, and he may not receive many more opportunities to stand on the mound, flutter knuckleballs toward the plate, and laugh at the facial contortions of batters flummoxed by his pitch.

There were precious few of those moments last night in a performance that lasted far shorter than any of Wakefield's worst nightmares could ha...