Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 8-7

It was in the bottom of the 10th inning last night with flame-throwing righty Neftali Feliz working for the Rangers when you learned all you currently need to know about David Ortiz’s plight.

He sat on the Red Sox bench with bat in hand while Mike Lowell, who had started at designated hitter against lefty starter Matt Harrison, was allowed to hit.

Not that any lefty could easily hit Feliz, but it was telling that there wasn’t even a murmur that Ortiz should take his ...

BOSTON (AP) Kevin Youkilis didn't mind taking some fun-filled jabs from his teammates. It was much better than the alternative.

Youkilis hit an RBI double off the base of the left-center field wall with two outs in the 12th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat Texas 8-7 on Wednesday night, sending the Rangers to their sixth straight loss.

It was Boston's second straight last at-bat win after losing its previous five games.

When Youkilis reached second, he knew what ...

Yes, this Darnell McDonald is the same Darnell McDonald who lost a match race to the infamous nag who lost to everything on four feet.

“Somebody’s always got to bring up the horse,’’ the Red Sox’ new long-shot hero said yesterday, chuckling softly. “Yeah, I was the first person to lose to Zippy Chippy.’’

Until Tuesday night, when he brought the Red Sox up out of the sepulcher with a two-run homer and a walkoff wallbanger, that was McDonald’s claim to fame. Then, with...

They spilled out of the dugout, bleeding into the infield as they had the night before. It was a more subdued celebration, lacking the emotional release, the urgency of the streak-breaking, sanity-saving, Darnell McDonald-crowning pig-pile Tuesday night.

And still, the Red Sox leapt out onto the field last night, crowding around Kevin Youkilis, joyous at moving another step away from their ignominious start to the season.

“I got beat up a little bit,’’ Youkilis said ...