Boston Red Sox defeat New York Mets, 12-5

One week before in Seattle, Nick Green stood in front of his locker, his voice shaky, and explained how he had thrown away a potential victory.

The Red Sox lost to the Mariners that day after Green's errant throw placed the winning run on second base. The next day, manager Terry Francona spoke with Green.

"You didn't want to throw it away, I didn't want you to throw it away," Francona told him. "Now move on. That's the best way to play."

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BOSTON - After enduring Mike Pelfrey's three-balk outing, committing five errors at Dodger Stadium in a game that included Ryan Church missing third base, Carlos Delgado's hip surgery, another position change for Daniel Murphy, Alex Cora's torn thumb ligament, Jose Reyes' cranky calf, Omir Santos dealing Jonathan Papelbon his first blown save after a video review and Francisco Rodriguez's ambulance ride with back spasms, this much can be said for the Mets' exhausting three...

BOSTON - Big Papi is only big in stature these days.

His batting average, his home run total and his RBI numbers are all puny. And neither David Ortiz himself nor the Red Sox staff has a clue how to get their biggest weapon going. On a day when eight of nine Red Sox starters had hits and the team totaled 16 in a 12-5 win over the Mets, Ortiz was a glaring 0-for-5 Sunday, including two strikeouts.

"He's got to be a big part of our offense," said Sox hitting coach and ...

BOSTON - Francisco Rodriguez jogged to the bullpen with J.J. Putz during a fifth-inning delay Sunday as umpires checked the video to ensure Kevin Youkilis' shot onto Lansdowne Street was foul.

The closer's trot was far more intriguing than the fair-or-foul debate, which ultimately confirmed the ball was foul. A night earlier, after Rodriguez's back locked up, he had been taken by ambulance to a hospital. So to see K-Rod back in uniform and moving around was a welcome si...