Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 8-3

Perhaps even Clay Buchholz wondered, as he stood on the Fenway Park mound, at a time normally reserved for a ballplayer's breakfast, and prepared to pitch to Ian Kinsler.

It was just five outs into the game and Buchholz already had given up a double in the first inning and loaded the bases in the second. That was where he was at that moment, facing Kinsler, the bases full, and his outing about to resemble his last start.

"Today there were probably a lot of people saying...

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Red Sox recorded their ninth win in 10 games by crushing the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Monday.

The American League East leaders completed a four-game sweep of the Rangers without big guns Manny Ramirez, Jason Varitek, Coco Crisp and Mike Lowell.

"It's not always perfect," manager Terry Francona told the team's Web site (http://boston.redsox.mlb.com). "You get banged up or sick and things happen but we played a good game.

"On a day when you...