Baltimore Orioles defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-1

Just a few hours after Red Sox manager Terry Francona offered several superlatives to describe Scott Atchison’s work out of the bullpen, Atchison surrendered a three-run homer to Ty Wigginton in the seventh inning to spark the Orioles to a 9-1 win at Fenway Park last night.

Atchison actually made a pretty good pitch on the righthanded-hitting Wigginton — outside and a little high — but the Baltimore first baseman stroked it to right and it landed a few rows past Pesky’s...

While the Red Sox are not mathematically eliminated from the wild-card race, their hearts and minds are focused on next season, on getting healthy and fully preparing themselves for competing with the Yankees and Rays.

Only a few Sox players have something riding on this season beyond personal pride. Clay Buchholz set as a goal to become a fixture in the rotation this season, a sturdy arm manager Terry Francona could depend on, even when the rest of the roster began fal...