Boston Red Sox defeat Detroit Tigers, 8-2

For months now, the agony has outweighed that long-ago memory of the ecstasy.

It has been strikeouts, and fly balls, and ground outs. Hits have been few. Home runs and RBIs have been fewer. And just when Jason Bay began to feel right, the bat making contact in just the right manner with just the right sound and just the right result, Bay found himself cramping up and out of the lineup for three of the most important games of the season.

He crept back to Fenway Park, no ...