Kansas City Royals defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-3

KANSAS CITY — What concerns Terry Francona is not that veteran umpire Joe West thinks Red Sox games take too long to play.

Plenty of people around baseball share that opinion.

It was how West expressed his displeasure, calling the Red Sox and Yankees “pathetic and embarrassing,’’ that caught Francona’s attention.

“I think it kind of surprised all of us,’’ Francona said last night before the Sox played the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series. “When...

KANSAS CITY — — It was Hideki Okajima on Tuesday. It was Jonathan Papelbon on Wednesday. It was Daniel Bard last night.

With Tim Wakefield going seven sparkling innings — allowing two runs and striking out six — the knuckleballer left it to the bullpen to hold down the Royals for two innings. Once again, the bullpen faltered, as Kansas City took the series opener, 4-3.

Okajima allowed a double to David DeJesus to lead off the eighth inning, then a sacrifice bunt move...