Philadelphia Phillies defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-2

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Philadelphia Phillies won a battle of two division leaders after Ryan Howard homered twice in their 8-2 win over the Boston Red Sox in interleague play on Monday.

Jimmy Rollins also homered and Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings as the Phillies rapped out 12 hits to maintain their lead in the National League East in the opener of the three-game series.

Hamels (7-4) allowed two runs on seven hits in seven-plus innings, striking out five ...

PHILADELPHIA - Terry Francona, anticipating his return to where he was run out of town as a manager, cracked prior to his arrival, "They're probably going to have a parade for me."

But this probably wasn't the type of parade Francona had in mind, the kind with drum majorettes, marching bands, and floats. This looked more like one of those old newsreels from the USSR, when the Red Army used to put its military might on display, tanks and missiles and big guns passing by ...