Fired Up

Meet the new Red Sox. Well, at least the new attitude of the Red Sox.

Two days after the biggest trade (salary-wise) in baseball history, the hometown team played some inspired baseball, got its manager ejected, and had its newest member record his first hit and RBI by tying up the game. These kinds of grind-it-out wins have been all too rare this season, and it showed in the standings. What will this mean for the rest of the season and the future? Who can say, but at least it looks like there’s some life left in this team yet.

Here are some photos.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a call at first base with first base umpire Dan Bellino in the fifth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Valentine was ejected from the game during the exchange. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a call at first base with first base umpire Dan Bellino in the fifth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Valentine was ejected from the game during the exchange.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a call at first base with first base umpire Dan Bellino in the fifth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Valentine was ejected from the game during the exchange. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine argues a call at first base with first base umpire Dan Bellino in the fifth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Valentine was ejected from the game during the exchange.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox first baseman James Loney, newly acquired from the Dodgers, fields a low throw at first as Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar reaches safely in the first inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman James Loney, newly acquired from the Dodgers, fields a low throw at first as Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar reaches safely in the first inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway is late applying the tag as Royals second baseman Johnny Giovatella scores in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway is late applying the tag as Royals second baseman Johnny Giovatella scores in the fourth inning at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross makes an awkward catch against the Royals while battling the sun in the eighth inning on Aug. 26, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross makes an awkward catch against the Royals while battling the sun in the eighth inning on Aug. 26, 2012.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury gets tripped up as he runs out of the batters box with an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Royals at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. It was the go-ahead run, putting the Red Sox up, 5-4. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury gets tripped up as he runs out of the batters box with an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Royals at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. It was the go-ahead run, putting the Red Sox up, 5-4.

Boston, Mass. -- Red Sox first baseman James Loney, left, shakes hands with second baseman Dustin Pedroia and third baseman Pedro Ciriaco after the Red Sox defeated the Royals, 8-6, at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

8/26/2012 -- BOSTON -- Red Sox first baseman James Loney, left, shakes hands with second baseman Dustin Pedroia and third baseman Pedro Ciriaco after the Red Sox defeated the Royals, 8-6, at Fenway Park on Aug. 26, 2012.

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