New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-4

NEW YORK -- Across nine autumns nothing like this had presented itself.

A Red Sox team, entering the Bronx for a September series, leading the American League East. And so, a pregame convoy of New York media gathered around Terry Francona yesterday afternoon bent on writing the story of the teams that reversed roles, the Red Sox in possession of two distinctions (a championship, and a division lead) the Yankees desperately want.

''I hope we end up in first place," the m...

NEW YORK -- Take a deep breath. Pay no attention to the man in the Yankee owner's box. Go to the fridge and look at that photograph of you standing next to the World Series trophy (certainly every New Englander has one of those by now). Remind yourself . . . It's different now.

The Red Sox can deliver a stinkbomb here in September, as they did in last night's 8-4 loss (four errors), but there's still no talk of choke or collapse. None of the Yankees fans come to the Bro...