New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 2-1

NEW YORK -- The last time Melky Cabrera fell on his face against the Red Sox, he was making an ill-timed, ill-advised dive that turned a knuckling line drive into an inside-the-park home run for Trot Nixon in Fenway Park.

That was last July, when Cabrera had been called up to fill in for Bernie Williams, misplayed four balls in his first six games, and looked completely overmatched and overwhelmed. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had no choice but to send the 20-year...

NEW YORK -- Hours before last night's game, Terry Francona was philosophizing about Manny Ramírez, and the Red Sox manager made this point: ``Manny has an extraordinary ability to put at-bats, plays behind him. We've all seen plays on `SportsCenter.' He turns the page and hits a homer. Part of it is he knows he's good."

How relevant that statement appeared in the eighth inning, as a white dot arched off Ramírez's bat into the Bronx night. Two innings earlier, Ramírez ha...