New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-3

Had you asked the 35,011 fans at Fenway Park and the millions of viewers watching yesterday's game if the Red Sox were finished when the Yankees took a 7-1 lead in the third inning, you would have heard an emphatic "No." The same response would have come from grounds crew members, vendors, ball boys -- anyone versed in baseball's most storied rivalry.

Make that almost anyone.

"I saw the advantage we had, and I pretty much thought we had won the game already," said Ya...

If they were all as devoid of drama as this one, the market for books, movies, musicals, T-shirts, and commemorative pins about the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry would dry up overnight.

Few baseball games in April can possibly live up to the buildup these have gotten, of course. So maybe it was only fitting that the last pitcher of the day for the Red Sox in yesterday's 7-3 loss to the Yankees was Frank Castillo, whose reward for extending Alex Rodriguez's 0-fer weekend was t...