Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 2-1

BOSTON—Jason Bay made a smashing debut with Boston by tripling and scoring the winning run in the 12th inning Friday night as the Red Sox began the post-Manny Ramirez era with a 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Bay was obtained from Pittsburgh on Thursday in the deal that sent the slugging Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The former Pirate took Ramirez's spot -- in left field and with clutch hitting.

He had failed to put the ball in play in his first five at ba...

Everyone at peace now?

With everyone involved having obtained some sense of "mental peace" in the aftermath of Manny Ramírez's trade to the Dodgers, the Red Sox went about the business of moving on and welcomed the aptly named new guy, Jason Bay, to the Bay State in last night's 2-1, 12-inning victory over the Oakland A's.

"Mental peace? Are you quoting Manny?" Sox manager Terry Francona asked in a moment of pregame jocularity.

"Well, when we win games, that's whe...