Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 4-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It all feels so incredibly, shockingly familiar.

So inevitable, really. With nothing left to do but win, with the offseason within their sight, the Red Sox have come back. They have come back from a seven-run, seventh-inning deficit, from two shaky outings from their ace of postseason aces, and from the brink of falling to the Rays in this American League Championship Series.

It was Josh Beckett, and Jason Varitek, and Kevin Youkilis, and Hideki O...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - There is no need for anyone connected with the Red Sox to give lefthander Jon Lester a pep talk before his scheduled start tonight in the deciding game of the American League Championship Series.

Lester watched rotation-mate Josh Beckett make it through five mostly difficult innings in a 4-2 victory against Tampa Bay last night at Tropicana Field. Beckett's performance provided inspiration for Lester.

"He's a battler," Lester said. "He competes...