Billy Wagner knows one of baseball’s golden rules is never letting hitters peek behind the pitcher's curtain, but he could never help himself when it came to Bobby Abreu



Perhaps the greatest surprise from the Red Sox’ summary dismissal at the hands of the Angels was that Boston was betrayed by the very elements that were supposed to be its greatest strengths.

On the one hand, it is fair to suggest that the baseball world did the Angels – and, more specifically, the Angels rotation – a disservice.

Clay Buchholz makes no secret about the fact.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The task is a monumental one. On Sunday, Clay Buchholz will be given the ball for his first career playoff start and asked to save the Red Sox’ season.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — For Dustin Pedroia, it was simple.

“Get hits,” he said.

David Ortiz offered an even more bare-bones explanation.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Josh Beckett is the pitcher the Red Sox want on the mound when the outcome matters.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — From the beginning, the whole thing seemed a bit … off.

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The rumors were flying Thursday: Jason Varitek was going to get his start.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — As they limped through July, the question began blaring like a siren. Could the Red Sox offense be fixed?