Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Earning a playoff spot in the American League East may be baseball’s most arduous challenge this year.

The Red Sox and Rays proved as much for almost five hours, until last night bled into today and every last nerve in New England had been frayed.

When Evan Longoria turned on a fastball from Takashi Saito, raised his arms, and started walking toward first base, the clock above center field showed 12:06 a.m., and the difficulty of the game was evid...