Boston Red Sox defeat Minnesota Twins, 6-3

MINNEAPOLIS — He was supposed to be a big-time player, the 11th player taken in the 2002 draft out of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., but he never quite rose to those expectations.

So the Florida Marlins, with other outfield talent coming along, traded him to the Red Sox this winter for pitchers Hunter Jones and Jose Alvarez, a package far less than what a former No. 1 pick would normally bring in return.

The baseball world has waited for Jeremy Hermida to be that...

MINNEAPOLIS — As manager Terry Francona walked to the mound at Target Field in the seventh inning, an image flashed through his head. He thought of John Lackey, standing on another mound, in another time zone, screaming at another manager.

He thought of the last time Lackey had been removed from a game that mattered in the middle of an inning, when Angels manager Mike Scioscia was greeted by an irate pitcher shouting, “This is mine!’’ in Game 5 of the 2009 American Leag...