Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-2

Early in the afternoon, there were thousands of people running toward Kenmore Square, their faces twisted, their pain obvious at the end of an excruciating ordeal.

Some needed medical treatment.

Those were the Red Sox fans, beating feet out of Fenway Park after another hideous (8-2) loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Marathon runners? Most of them were doing pretty well by comparison. Running 26.2 miles is a piece of cake compared with watching the local baseball team t...

The Red Sox’ struggles are no longer a media/fan concern.

The concern goes much higher up.

“Of course I’m concerned,’’ wrote Sox owner John Henry in an e-mail. “We can’t dig ourselves too deep a hole. The Yankees and Tampa Bay are so strong.’’

All one has to do is look at the team that demolished the Sox this Patriots Day weekend, the Rays, who went 11-16 to start last season and never recovered. In the AL East, you just can’t be 4-9 after 13 games, 6 games behind...

Bill Hall smashed into the fence in front of the Red Sox bullpen, the wall nearly indented from the impact.

His frustration was evident as he dropped into a sitting position, knowing there was no immediate relief from his discomfort. Not only were the Sox just three innings into an ugly beatdown by the Rays, they did not have an extra outfielder, with Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs still on the mend and Mike Cameron sent to Massachusetts General Hospital before yesterday’s game...

One can of Red Bull wasn’t enough for John Lackey, who drew the Patriots Day start against the Tampa Bay Rays. The righthander had one in each hand yesterday morning, seeking as much caffeine as legally allowed before he started warming up.

Baseball players are usually just rolling out of bed at 11:07 a.m., not standing on the mound waiting to throw a pitch.

Lackey claimed the time of the game didn’t bother him. But something was wrong as he allowed eight runs on nin...

BOSTON—B.J. Upton and the Tampa Bay Rays played the bumbling Boston Red Sox at the perfect time.

Upton capped a five-run third inning with a three-run homer and Tampa Bay completed a four-game sweep of the Red Sox with an 8-2 victory Monday in the annual Patriots Day game.

The Rays won their seventh in a row, all on the road, and matched the team record for the longest winning streak away from Tropicana Field in one season. Tampa Bay (10-3) completed its first sweep ...