Boston Red Sox defeat Minnesota Twins, 6-2

Pitching, defense, and the three-run homer?

Sounds vaguely familiar.

It’s the old Earl Weaver Oriole Way. And it’s a hybrid of Theo Epstein’s run-prevention philosophy, which hasn’t exactly taken hold with the Red Sox this season. But sometimes it does, and last night was one of those times, as the Sox posted a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins before 38,144 at Fenway Park.

Jon Lester (4-2), pitching the Sox’ first complete game of the season, continued his mas...

The smile is largely gone these days, the locker now a refuge instead of a stage. It used to be a beacon, drawing in teammates and media to a back corner of the Red Sox clubhouse filled with the bulk of David Ortiz, filled with music, filled with the sunshine that committed a Nation to him.

That is no longer the case. As Ortiz has started slowly the past two seasons, his joy has subsided. Where he used to entertain for an hour at his locker before road games, he rarely ...