Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 9-2

NEW YORK -- The problems were competing, a crisis of confidence compounded by an unnerving lack of execution.

Or was it the other way around? Underperformance, chipping away, slowly but surely, at the righthander's self-esteem?

''It's the chicken/egg theory," Curt Schilling explained yesterday afternoon. ''Which one comes first? You've got to have one with the other. When you don't have either you tend to struggle."

And he had. But yesterday was different. On a magni...

NEW YORK -- Last October, they were denied what they consider their rightful place in the World Series by the greatest comeback/collapse in the history of the game.

Now, with just 21 games left on the schedule, the Yankees are facing the real possibility of missing out on the postseason altogether for the first time in a decade.

''This is our playoffs," manager Joe Torre said after the Red Sox and Curt Schilling stuffed the Bombers, 9-2, setting the Yankees four game...