Boston Red Sox defeat Baltimore Orioles, 12-1

Terry Francona briefly thought of removing David Ortiz from yesterday's lineup.

The designated hitter was struggling, intensely, and facing a pitcher against whom he was 4 for 19.

Batting just .170 with no home runs and 4 RBIs on the season, Ortiz was a mess. But Francona saw something, and said before the game, "I actually think it will be good for him" to face 6-foot-9-inch Baltimore lefthander Mark Hendrickson. " 'Cause it will force him to really stay on the ball. Y...

BOSTON - A fate the Orioles couldn't even imagine when they led by seven runs with their ace, Jeremy Guthrie, on the mound in Friday's series opener became a reality Monday amid too many defensive miscues, poor relief outings and fruitless at-bats.

The Boston Red Sox completed a four-day humbling of the visitors with a 12-1 victory before a Patriot's Day announced crowd of 37,865 at Fenway Park, the Orioles' fifth straight loss, dropping them below .500 for the first ti...

WHAT O?

The Orioles' offense cooled down significantly after scoring seven runs in the second inning in Friday's series opener. Over the final 34 innings of the series, the Orioles managed just seven runs; in the last 22 innings, they scored just twice. On Monday, their only run came on Cesar Izturis' infield single in the third inning.

THERE'S NO RELIEF

Mark Hendrickson did a serviceable job holding things together Monday, persevering through a rocky start and de...