Flanked by former Sox stars, Jim Rice displays his retired No. 14. (Brita Meng Outzen/MLB.com)
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
The Red Sox retired Hall of Famer Jim Rice's No. 14 and initially made him smile with a five-run third inning, but closer Jonathan Papelbon blew a three-run lead and Nick Green made two errors in the ninth inning, before Manny Delcarmen allowed the A's to win it in the 11th.
BATTING 2B: Sweeney, R (14, Buchholz), Kennedy, A (15, Buchholz), Cust (12, Ramirez, R), Ellis, M 2 (9, Okajima, Delcarmen),
Everidge (1, Papelbon), Garciaparra (5, Delcarmen). TB: Sweeney, R 3; Ellis, M 6; Suzuki, K; Cust 2; Davis, R 2; Everidge 2; Cabrera, O 3; Kennedy, A 6; Garciaparra 3. RBI: Ellis, M (23), Kennedy, A 3 (37), Sweeney, R (23), Everidge (1), Davis, R 2 (13). 2-out RBI: Kennedy, A 2; Sweeney, R; Everidge; Davis, R 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Suzuki, K 2; Garciaparra 2; Cabrera, O; Everidge; Kennedy, A. GIDP: Garciaparra. Team RISP: 9-for-25. Team LOB: 13.
BASERUNNING SB: Ellis, M (5, 3rd base off Papelbon/Kottaras), Garciaparra (1, 3rd base off Delcarmen/Kottaras), Davis, R (14, 2nd
base off Saito/Kottaras). CS: Kennedy, A (4, 2nd base by Saito/Kottaras).
FIELDING Outfield assists: Sweeney, R (Bay at home). DP: 2 (Everidge-Cabrera, O-Everidge, Suzuki, K-Cabrera, O).