Boston Red Sox defeat Cleveland Indians, 3-1

Josh Beckett slammed a batting helmet down as bench coach DeMarlo Hale reached for him, holding him back.

Beckett was heated. And he wasn’t alone.

Jensen Lewis had just thrown a pitch behind Adrian Beltre in the eighth inning of last night’s game. Benches cleared. Bullpens emptied. The Sox and Indians stood near home plate, jawing and shoving, with a definite difference of opinion as to what had happened. Two batters had been hit in the game, both by Beckett. He had got...

The crowd of 37,714 at Fenway Park rose to its feet and applauded when Mike Lowell walked to the plate in the bottom of the second inning against the Indians last night.

Lowell had not played for the Red Sox since late June, a long stay on the disabled list followed by four days in baseball purgatory as the team tried to trade him.

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But there he was, back in uniform and playing first base in place of the injured Kevin Youkil...

BOSTON (AP) Mike Lowell didn't take long to satisfy the fans that were happy to see him back.

With the crowd still on its feet during a standing ovation, Lowell hit a two-run homer on the first pitch he saw after coming off the disabled list to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

"It was definitely more than I expected," Lowell said of the Fenway Park crowd's response. "I don't remember too many ovations like that. I ...