New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-4

Randy Johnson is making $16.5 million this season, but his actual cost to the Yankees is approximately $32 million -- his base pay plus the $9 million the Yankees sent to Arizona in the deal to obtain him, plus the estimated $6.5 million he'll cost the team in luxury tax money.

That's about $900,000 per start, an investment the Yankees made, in part, to beat the Red Sox. And in four starts against Boston this season, Johnson is 3-0, his most recent ''W" yesterday in a 7...

This was one of those only in Boston days at the old ballyard.

The Red Sox lost to Randy Johnson and the Yankees by the score of 7-4 in a nationally televised game.

It was a three-and-a-half-hour game in which Gary Sheffield almost knocked the Wall over a couple more times, Alex Rodriguez hit another laser home run, Johnny Damon extended his hitting streak to 28 games (more sleepless hours for Dom D.), Mariano Rivera lowered his ERA to 0.96, Mark Bellhorn homered and...

The idea that he might be a villain in Fenway Park handcuffed Gary Sheffield more than any Red Sox pitcher has the last three games.

''The who?" he asked.

The villain. You know, the bad guy. One, he's a Yankee. Two, he got in a scrum in right field the last time he was here, one that cost a fan his season tickets because the fan evidently swiped at Sheffield's face while he was trying to field a ball along the railing and had Sheffield contemplating, at least for a m...