New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 4-3

NEW YORK -- The "C" stitched on Jason Varitek's uniform and absent but implied on Derek Jeter's stands for captain.

Yet in a matinee in the Bronx, under a cloudless sky and before the Yankees' largest-ever second-day crowd, the "C" signified clutch.

Varitek, in a ninth inning that did justice to the hype given this season-opening series, hit a one-out, tying homer off the inimitable Mariano Rivera. Minutes later, to lead off the bottom of the ninth, Sox closer Keith ...

NEW YORK -- In the arrogant capital of baseball championship entitlement, this Opening Week series is being viewed as a restoration of the natural order of things.

The Yankees are beating the Red Sox in the blowouts and the Yankees are winning the close ones. Randy Johnson and Carl Pavano are better than David Wells and Matt Clement. Derek Jeter is the Tom Brady of baseball and the Yankees are the obvious favorites to finish first to Boston's second for the eighth conse...