Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 5-4

When it's the Red Sox and Yankees, even in April, it always goes back to the Bible.

During the ninth inning, said Sox general manager Theo Epstein, "I turned to the guy next to me and said, `The apocalypse is upon us. The tying run is coming to the plate in the form of A-Rod, who hasn't had a hit all series. Foulke's facing him. Right field's on fire. Apparently, we're all going to die. This is the end of the world.' "

Not quite. But it was pretty good baseball theat...

Consider the mismatch. Facing the undefeated ace of the defending American League champions, the Red Sox yesterday had little choice but to send out their third-string first baseman (David McCarty), their third-string second baseman (Cesar Crespo), their backup shortstop (Pokey Reese), their reserve right fielder (Gabe Kapler), and the projected sixth starter in their five-man rotation (Bronson Arroyo).

Consider the odds, especially after the Yankees spotted their ace, ...