New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-2

The mock cheers that have greeted Mariano Rivera this week every time he has shown his face in Fenway Park come as no surprise to Worcester's Tanyon Sturtze, who before he wore pinstripes lived among those who count tormenting Yankees a pastime second only to watching the Olde Towne Team win.

But as one who shares the same bullpen with Rivera, Sturtze is obliged to inform the legions who stood last night in feigned adoration of the Yankee closer that while they may be c...

He blew away Tony Womack (swinging) and Derek Jeter (looking) to begin the game. He touched 94 miles per hour. He pitched in 46-degree weather and said he had no ankle stiffness. He was in a 2-2 game against a Yankee lineup featuring nine former All-Stars when he walked to the mound for the sixth inning.

Thing was, Curt Schilling wasn't available at that moment to sit before the notebooks and tape recorders. Had he been, we might have a better read on Schilling's health...