Chicago White Sox defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-2

CHICAGO — The Red Sox arrived at U.S. Cellular Field last night with a sense of purpose usually missing from a team already eliminated from postseason contention.

No lefthander had won 20 games for the Red Sox since Mel Parnell in 1953. But Jon Lester, their young ace, had a chance. For one night, at least, there could be something to celebrate.

A cancer survivor who already has thrown a no-hitter and won the clinching game of a World Series, Lester was on the verge ...

CHICAGO — Pitching and defense, the two expected strengths of this Red Sox team when it began play six months ago, were “not acceptable’’ this season, according to general manager Theo Epstein.

“We didn’t pitch like we wanted to, we didn’t play defense like we wanted to, and we allowed our opponents to just score way too much,’’ Epstein said during an appearance on WEEI radio yesterday.

Epstein said he expects Josh Beckett and John Lackey to be far better next season...

CHICAGO—Paul Konerko hit a grand slam that wrecked Jon Lester's bid for his 20th win, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 8-2 Thursday night in a game delayed because of a power failure.

The game was held up for 21 minutes in the sixth inning when most of the stadium lights went out. A power outage in the area was the cause.

Konerko connected for his 39th homer of the season and the ninth grand slam of his career. The fourth-inning shot off Lester (19-9...