Boston Red Sox defeat Atlanta Braves, 4-3

New York, Chicago, and two Californias (Dodgers-Angels, Giants-A's) own the true regional rivalries this weekend.

It is the ninth year of interleague play, an idea that has never really taken hold and probably should be abandoned.

Here in Boston we are supposed to be agog over the presence of the estimable Atlanta Braves because -- don't you know? -- the Braves played here from 1876 through 1952, and there are supposedly still pockets of New Englanders who never stopped...

It was another nail-biting finish by Keith Foulke, who decided after allowing two runs in the ninth that he no longer wanted to talk about ''negative [stuff]." And the closer is right. There was enough positive to talk about after Boston's 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves in the first game of a three-game interleague set.

There was Wade Miller's 6 1/3 innings of three-hit, one-run ball. There was Mike Timlin's sparkling relief. There was Bill Mueller's two hits, includin...