Boston Red Sox defeat Los Angeles Angels, 7-5

As John Lackey spoke to reporters in the interview room above the Red Sox clubhouse last night, a team logo affixed to the wall behind him fell off and clattered to the floor.

Given his luck this season, it’s a wonder Lackey wasn’t conked in the head.

It was a fortunate night all around for the righthander, who allowed five runs on 10 hits in his first five innings against the Los Angeles Angels but stuck around long enough to get a victory.

“Definitely not going ...

A frustrating season has come to an apparent end for Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who again has a broken rib.

Dr. Lewis Yocum, who examined Ellsbury in California Tuesday, informed the team that he found a hairline fracture of the sixth posterior rib, the same injury that put Ellsbury on the disabled list for nearly 10 weeks earlier this season.

According to manager Terry Francona, Ellsbury is expected to miss a minimum of 4-6 weeks.

Asked whether Ellsb...

Daniel Nava’s first step took him back, toward the Green Monster. It took a split second for the Red Sox left fielder to realize that he was moving in the opposite direction from where the ball, hit by the Angels’ Maicer Izturis in the eighth inning last night, was likely to land.

So he reversed course, raced in, dived, and squeezed the ball into the pocket of his glove. Nava had a highlight-reel play, and he also might have saved the game for the Red Sox, who defeated ...