Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-2

OAKLAND, Calif. - For all the acclaim about just how good the Red Sox starting rotation could be, it hasn't been all that good so far.

Other than an impeccable Opening Day performance from Josh Beckett, the starters have been eminently fallible, their stats all too mortal. Sure, there have been a couple of passable efforts - Brad Penny's win and Beckett's second start - but the problem lies in the fact that stellar is what is needed.

And that was not what was offered...