By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange
BOSTON -- If the Tuesday game between the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants served as a World Series preview, baseball fans are in for quite a treat.
On a night that featured big hits, stellar defense and an raucous crowd for a game between two of the game's best teams, the Red Sox emerged the victors.
Hanley Ramirez launched a trio of three-run homers and made a series of outstanding defensive plays to lead Boston past San Francisco 11-7 at a sold-out Fenway Park. The result moved the Red Sox in to first place in the American League East, a half-game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles.