New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-2

NEW YORK -- This felt like October, a chilling 43 degrees at gametime, bunting lining the facing of the second and third decks at Yankee Stadium, flashbulbs illuminating the 54,818 fans, most of whom, given the cold, came wearing hues appropriate for a funeral.

This, however, was a resurrection. The Yankees, buried in unprecedented fashion in four games last October, reintroduced themselves to the Red Sox in forceful fashion, pounding the defending World Series champion...

Cassie Doane, 19, said she planned to inaugurate the new Red Sox season as she normally does, with a few friends gathered around the television. There would be food, drinks, and plenty of shouting at the New York Yankees, she said.

Only one thing is missing. She no longer feels the weight of history hanging over her Sox-cap-wearing head. Like Sox fans everywhere, she can approach the start of a new season without the gnawing, nail-biting sense of destiny unfulfilled tha...