Oakland Athletics defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-6

It made little sense. As soon as the Red Sox began to regain their hitting strokes with their return to Fenway Park, it coincided with a drop in the quality and duration of their starts, or of the effectiveness of their bullpen.

While Tuesday night the blame fell on the arms trotted out at the end of the game, last night it was the arm at the beginning.

From the moment Adam Kennedy - he of the five hits the night before - took Brad Penny’s initial offering out of the pa...