Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 3-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Bill Lajoie, the veteran scout and former general manager of the Detroit Tigers, used to theorize that the player who replaces an injured starter has about a three-week shelf life before he turns into what he is — a backup.

That theory hasn’t quite come to fruition yet with the Red Sox. Eric Patterson, who legged out a triple in the ninth inning to drive in a run and Daniel Nava and Darnell McDonald still have their moments, although not enough in...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Most Red Sox fans did not realize that Niuman Romero was on the roster until the fourth inning last night when Kevin Youkilis limped off the field with the latest injury to befall the team.

In came Romero, a 25-year-old rookie from Venezuela who was called up last week. When the game was over and the Red Sox had absorbed a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Romero, through no fault of his own, had come to embody the frustrating limitations of a roste...