Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - There were no warnings from the umpires ("Not a word," umpiring supervisor Jim McKean said), and no histrionics from either side.

Before the game, Red Sox manager Terry Francona, when he wasn't stonewalling questions about Manny Ramírez's knockdown of traveling secretary Jack McCormick, was reminiscing about signing his first pro contract for $100,000, after his mother cooked a turkey dinner for the Montreal Expos scout who'd come courting him. "I...

MIAMI (Reuters) - The surprising Tampa Bay Rays extended their lead at the top of the American League East with a 5-4 win over the World Series champions Boston Red Sox on Monday.

The win in the opener of a three-game series lifted Tampa (50-32) to the best record in Major League Baseball as well as snapping a six-game losing streak to the Red Sox.

Tampa finished 30 games behind the Red Sox last season but six wins in their past seven games has given the Rays a one-a...