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 (14, Buchholz, C), Kennedy, A (15, Buchholz, C), Cust (12, Ramirez, R), Ellis,
M 2 (9, Okajima, Delcarmen), Everidge (1, Papelbon), Garciaparra (5, Delcarmen). TB: Sweeney 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 (23), Everidge (1), Davis, R 2 (13). 2-out RBI: Kennedy, A 2; Sweeney;
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:
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
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