Boston Red Sox defeat Oakland Athletics, 8-2

OAKLAND, Calif. - The door to the visiting manager's office wasn't open much yesterday morning.

There were meetings with John Farrell and Daisuke Matsuzaka, a determination made to place the pitcher on the disabled list. There were reporters in and out. But, on a morning that seemed like a continuation of the four-plus-hour, 6-5, 12-inning loss of the night before, Tim Wakefield made sure to stick his head into Terry Francona's space.

"He just kind of said, in passing, ...