Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 8-5

Terry Francona credited John Lackey for his crisp game management of the Tampa Bay Rays during his seven-inning stint on the mound in last night’s 8-5 victory at Fenway Park.

The Sox skipper especially liked the way Lackey mixed up his 108 pitches against the Rays’ potent lineup.

Fastball? “Away and to the right, as he commanded, really good,’’ Francona said.

Changeup? “Good,’’ he said.

“He was never predictable,’’ Francona said. “He’s got so many matchups against...

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein made a rare visit to the dugout to grant interviews as his team took batting practice before last night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

With Victor Martinez and Dustin Pedroia joining an overstuffed disabled list, Epstein felt it a good time to address fears that the Sox would be undone by the outbreak of broken bones.

The Sox, he said, had played well enough in recent weeks to withstand the temporary loss of even some key play...

BOSTON—It was up to James Shields: Did he want to face David Ortiz with first base open, or walk him to pitch to Kevin Youkilis?

Shields picked Ortiz.

What he did next was an even bigger mistake.

Shields grooved the first pitch, and Ortiz hit it over the Rays' bullpen for a three-run homer that broke a fifth-inning tie and gave the Boston Red Sox an 8-5 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

"He did not want to throw that pitch where he did," Rays manager Joe...