The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on October 18, 2008 at Tropicana Field. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."
"The box score is the catechism of baseball, ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye." - Author Stanley Cohen in The Man in the Crowd (1981)
Boston Red Sox 4, Tampa Bay Rays 2
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E –Bartlett (1). DP –Boston 1 Lowrie-Pedroia-Kotsay, Tampa Bay 1 Longoria-Iwamura-Pena. PB –Navarro (1). 2B –Boston Ortiz (1,off Shields); Drew (1,off Shields). HR –Boston Youkilis (2,2nd inning off Shields 0 on 0 out); Varitek (1,6th inning off Shields 0 on 2 out), Tampa Bay Upton (4,1st inning off Beckett 0 on 1 out); Bartlett (1,5th inning off Beckett 0 on 2 out). HBP –Bay (1,by Howell); Bartlett 2 (2,by Beckett,by Masterson). IBB –Ortiz (1,by Bradford). Team LOB –12. Team –4. SB –Crawford (3,2nd base off Beckett/Varitek). CS –Navarro (1,2nd base by Beckett/Varitek). HBP –Beckett (1,Bartlett); Masterson (1,Bartlett). U –Derryl Cousins, Tim McClelland. T –3:48. A –40,947.
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Fred Schwed, Jr., in How to Watch a Baseball Game (1957) wrote our favorite baseball box score quote, "The baseball box score is the pithiest form of written communication in America today. It is abbreviated history. It is two or three hours (the box score even gives that item to the minute) of complex activity, virtually inscribed on the head of a pin, yet no knowing reader suffers from eyestrain."