Texas Rangers defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-3

ARLINGTON, Texas - The Red Sox, despite their recent woes, are not so deflated that they can’t still crack a joke here and there.

But the jokes recently have turned to sarcasm, with a hint of desperation.

As Jason Bay said yesterday, after the team had lost yet another road series to fall a half-game behind the Rangers in the American League wild-card race, “We should probably just pack up the season and call it a year, huh? Half-game back, might as well fold the tent.’...