New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-3

NEW YORK --- Making their last visit to the venerable House That Ruth Built, the Red Sox tonight started this three-game series against the Yankees with a rousing 7-3 victory over the Bombers before a Yankee Stadium crowd of 55,058.

Tim Wakefield, who before the game was activated after being placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 12 (tightness right shoulder), showed no ill effects after he picked up the win to even his record at 8-8. Wakefield went five innings and a...

NEW YORK -- In the first inning last night, when eight pitches darted out of the right hand of Mike Mussina toward David Ortiz, the Red Sox slugger saw just about everything. Fastball. Changeup. Curveball.

Ortiz, who fell behind, 0 and 1, ran the count to 3 and 2, fouling off three two-strike pitches. Mussina's ninth pitch, a fastball on the inner half, bore down toward the plate. It was the pitch Ortiz saw the best -- one that blasted off his bat and thudded into the u...

NEW YORK -- The news on Coco Crisp gets no better. The dashing Red Sox leadoff hitter said at the beginning of the month that he hoped to be back ''before mid-May." Last week he backed off that timetable, saying if he had to bet the over/under on a May 15 return, he'd opt for ''over a couple days," making a May 19 return his likely target. Now, he's ''really, really sick," according to manager Terry Francona, and ''might not get back on the field until this weekend. It's p...