Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 6-3

BALTIMORE - He stood at home plate long enough for Gilbert Stuart to sketch the outline of his portrait.

Long enough for Armand LaMontagne to cut the first rough carvings of his sculpture. Long enough for Annie Leibovitz to frame her photograph just right.

Manny Ramírez posed long enough for history to share his gaze as he contemplated what he had just wrought with one powerful flick of his wrists at 9:29 p.m. last night. With a swing of his 34-inch, 32-ounce, all-black...

BALTIMORE --Manny Ramirez hit his 501st home run, Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew also connected, and the Boston Red Sox continued their hitting revival at the expense of the Baltimore Orioles in a 9-4 victory Sunday.

After becoming the 24th major leaguer to hit No. 500, Ramirez said Saturday night, "The next goal is 501." He took care of that item of business in his third at-bat, driving a 1-0 pitch from Brian Burres into the right-field seats to put Boston up 6-3 in the fou...

With one swing last night, Manny Ramirez hit the 500th home run of his career and cranked up the volume in a ballpark that instantly and enthusiastically became his home.

If the noise level had climbed any higher, it might have violated a city ordinance. It certainly wasn't in keeping with standard baseball practices; visiting players aren't supposed to be loved so loudly.

Red Sox@Orioles Today, 1:35 p.m., Ch. 13, MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Red Sox's Bartolo Colon (2-0...

A recap of the Orioles' 6-3 loss to the Red Sox last night:

Missed opportunity

The Orioles took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning when Brian Roberts hit a solo home run off Red Sox starter Jon Lester. Nick Markakis followed with a double, and after a groundout by Melvin Mora, Lester surrendered two-out walks to Kevin Millar and Aubrey Huff to load the bases. Lester appeared to be tiring, but it wasn't evident when he struck out Ramon Hernandez on three pitches to get ou...