Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 6-5

Depth is a beautiful thing in baseball.

The Red Sox had Manny Ramírez get ejected in the second inning Sunday, and with Dustin Pedroia having most of the day off and Joe Thurston in the cleanup spot much of the game, they still rallied late to edge the Rangers, 6-5. Today they rested Ramírez and used Thurston in left, played Kevin Cash for a sick Jason Varitek, and used youngster Jed Lowrie at third base and still clobbered the Rangers, 8-3, in a Patriots Day matinee at...

This is what happens when Manny Ramírez is ejected: Career minor leaguer Joe Thurston makes three plate appearances, Dustin Pedroia's day off is interrupted by a summons to pinch hit in the cleanup spot, and Julio Lugo, who began the game at shortstop, winds up playing in front of the Monster for the first time in his career.

Oh, and the Red Sox come from five runs down to beat the Texas Rangers, 6-5, before a gleeful crowd of 37,480 that witnessed the Sox score four ti...