Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 12-5

The wooden temporary lockers have multiplied in the clubhouse, bringing with them fresh rookies to fill an already over-filled room.

Usually, that signals the drive for the postseason in Boston. But, after getting swept by the White Sox over the weekend, it appeared that September might be more about evaluating future talent — the Josh Reddicks and Ryan Kalishes and Lars Andersons — than about wins and losses.

As Anderson said, laughing, “It felt like I was playing in h...