Los Angeles Angels defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-5

There was a new feeling at the ballpark last night, a whisper of unease - because who can predict the whims of Manny Ramírez - but perhaps also a trace of calm.

A bit of a lull, maybe. The Yankees have gone. The Ramírez circus, other than a rather weak attempt to run to first on a double-play ball in the seventh, took a day's break. And the focus, for the moment, was on baseball.

The backroom dealings remained, the front office hunkered down in preparation for Thursday'...