On the field: Cal Ripken went 0-for-10 in Cleveland, in the first games after he surpassed Lou Gehrig's record. But he seems to have regained his stroke, getting a hit and two RBIs Monday, and a single in the fourth inning last night.

In the dugout: When Boston starter Rheal Cormier struggled through a messy three-run inning in the second, Red Sox manager Kevin Kennedy had left-hander Zane Smith warming in a hurry -- and in the ballgame in the third. And when Smith floundered in the fourth, right-hander Jeff Suppan began to throw.

In the clubhouse: "I don't think there's a sense of urgency, like things are slipping away from us. All we need is one win and we'll be fine." -- Red Sox first baseman Mo Vaughn on Boston's five-game losing streak.

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