New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 11-1

NEW YORK -- Slice it any which way and the pie looks the same.

The piece that represents the odds of the Red Sox overtaking the Yankees for the division title after a lost weekend in the Bronx is skinnier than Calista Flockhart.

The Sox could do the math after their second straight crushing defeat with the division on the line, this one an 11-1 whupping by the Yankees before 55,142 witnesses on 161st Street, otherwise known to the boys from Boston as Blues Alley. After ...

It was fun while it lasted. Red Sox Nation took great delight in the Yankees' late-season foibles. For a few weeks it really felt like 1978 in reverse as the Sox cut New York's first-place lead from 10 1/2 to two games in just 24 days. The Sons of Terry Francona were baseball's It Boys, bound to finally overtake the Yankees and be feared as the most dangerous potential playoff entry in the American League.

The players even started to believe it, printing "Tell 'Em We're...