As the bleacher fans cheer in the backround, Red Sox 2B Tony Graffanino retrieves the ball he has just missed for a fifth inning error. CF Johnny Damon comes in at right.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Season On the Brink After
Tony's Impersonation of Renteria
Dead Sox Lose Game 2, 5-4

Graff Bounces Back with Clutch Double in 9th Inning Rally
But Damon's Ugly Swings and Rent's Weak First-Pitch Chopper Ends Game
Manny Admires First Inning Double, And Turns it into a Single
Then Lets Everett Run Around the Bases While He Lollygags in Left
The Gaffe Hurt, But Wells Threw Us a Curve with the Three-Run Jack
Mueller 0-for-8 in Series, 4 LOB Last Night
Still Trying to Find a Way to Blame Millar...

"'I told him, 'My bad,'' Graffanino said. 'I asked him to pick me up.'

"Wells, Boston's money pitcher, was unable to do so. Yet in the wake of a disappointing loss, he wasn't about to blame his infielder for his troubles. "'I was upset, yeah, but you can't show any emotions out there,' Wells said. 'I'm not going to show him up. He's played great for us since he's been here... if you point at anyone, point at me. I'm the one who hung the curveball.'" -- 10.6, Jackie MacMullan, Boston Globe

How Big Was the Error?

Hanging One to Tad

Chicago's Tadahito Iguchi (right) is greeted by delerious fans, as well as teammates Juan Uribe and Joe Crede (24) following his fith inning three run home run off of David Wells that put the White Sox ahead 5-4. Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek watches at far left.

(Boston Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis)

Why Can't We Get Second Basemen Like Iguchi?

Oh, and Pedroia Would've Had It
And Was That Francona or Jimy Williams Answering
the Japanese Reporter's Question About Iguchi After the Game?

Wait Till Next Year

Frank Galasso Illustration

(Boston Dirt Dogs / Frank Galasso, cartoonist)

Professional Defense

Red Sox first baseman John Olerud makes a great diving stop of a ball on the foul line off the bat of Chicago's Scott Podsednik. He held on, got up and tossed to David Wells covering for the first out of the bottom of the fourth inning.

File Under: Why OlderDude Needs to Start Every Game

Def Champs are Off and Running

David Ortiz is called safe ahead of the tag of Chicago White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi (15) by umpire Dale Scott in the third inning of Game 2 of the American League Division Series in Chicago. Ortiz hit a double to left field.

(AP Photo)

But Manny Won't Follow in David's Fast Steps

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Boston Globe:

Rodriguez looks like the steal deal > Despite effort by Rodriguez, Red So fall > Tazawa has come a long way, on and off field

Boston Herald:

Lauber: Eduardo Rodriguez showing Red Sox he's special > PawSox start looms large for Masterson


Rodriguez gem wasted > Chili Davis doesn't want to turn Red Sox into free-swingers > Red Sox draft catcher in third round

NY Post:

How Mariano Rivera has influenced Yankees' top pick > Why starting rotation could be a big Yankees' strength

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