Boston Red Sox defeat Kansas City Royals, 1-0

In the visiting locker room at Fenway Park, Brian Bannister wasn’t trying to grip the hows and whys of last night’s 1-0 loss to the Red Sox.

Sometimes he paused during his interviews to guffaw.

There have been dozens of this type of defeat in the 24 years since the Royals last made the playoffs. Bannister is one of several tantalizing prospects to come through the system, giving the franchise a glimmer of glory should potential be reached.

Last night his stuff finall...

Dustin Pedroia sat in the Red Sox dugout roughly four hours before last night’s game, already finished with early batting practice. A Red Sox coach walked down the steps and complimented him on his hitting session.

“I hit rockets,’’ Pedroia said.

“You did,’’ came the reply. “That was the Pedey I’m used to seeing.’’

Some six hours later, Pedroia dug in to the batter’s box against Brian Bannister. The Fenway Park scoreboard had changed only for posterity’s sake sinc...