Atlanta Braves defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-3

ATLANTA -- Judgment Day arrived yesterday for Kevin Youkilis and Cesar Crespo as Bill Mueller returned from a 37-game absence after arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

The verdict came down in favor of Youkilis as the Red Sox kept the rookie third baseman and designated Crespo for assignment to make way for Mueller.

Youkilis is batting .299 with 3 homers, 19 RBIs, 24 runs, and a .399 on-base percentage in 35 games since he made his major league debut May 15 in Toron...

ATLANTA -- So this is the way it's going to be? A knee-buckling body blow in the Bronx one night, an anguishing ambush in Atlanta the next?

The only constant, it seems, in this recent run of misery for the Red Sox is calamity.

"There's always a test, and we're definitely going through one right now," manager Terry Francona said after the latest unfathomable defeat, the second straight fall-from-ahead loss in extra innings.

Less than 24 hours after the breakdown in...