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Red Sox offense showing some wear

Updated: August 17, 2011, 1:53 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Start with the triple play, or the quadruple whammy?

Perhaps it is a stretch to say it was fitting that the Red Sox would lose a game in which they turned their first triple play since John Valentin singlehandedly recorded three outs on the same batted ball 17 years ago -- in the same game, coincidentally, that an 18-year-old named Alex Rodriguez made his debut in Fenway Park.

But neither did it come as a terrible shock. Not on a day when:

• DH David Ortiz ...

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