Sabathia appeared finished after six innings
CLEVELAND -- Greed is a dangerous thing. Eric Wedge and the Cleveland Indians found this out Thursday night the hard way.Maybe the 2-1 lead the Red Sox held to start the seventh inning would've stood and the Indians wouldn't have beaten Josh Beckett, anyway. Maybe nobody can beat Beckett in October, a suggestion that doesn't sound so preposterous after he sliced through Wedge's lineup for eight innings, 11 strikeouts and one in-game shouting match with Kenny Lofton to beat Cleveland twice in the past week. Maybe nothing could have prevented these two teams from flying back to Boston for Game 6 on Saturday night, which is what they did after the Red Sox avoided the New England winter for another day with an easy and suspenseless 7-1 victory in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.
Howard Bryant is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine. He is the author of "Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston" and "Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball." He can be reached at Howard.Bryant@espn3.com.