Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 9-5

It is, in hindsight, rather humorous to think that among the items Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein packed for their Thanksgiving 2003 visit to the Curt Schilling household was a DVD presentation designed to convince a fly-ball pitcher that he could succeed at a hitter's haven, Fenway Park.

Schilling, in the wake of last night's eight-inning, five-hit, one-run masterpiece in a 9-5 beating of the Yankees, was asked if there's a reason why his home/road splits are so decidedly ...

Manny Ramírez didn't have a hit in his last 10 at-bats in Philadelphia. He had a three-whiff game one night in Baltimore, and a total of just four hits in 22 at-bats in two cities.

``Manny didn't have a good trip?" catcher Jason Varitek said, his eyes widening in surprise. ``You tend not to notice when different people are contributing at different times.

``But that was a big home run for us today."

Ramírez had a big night last night, driving an 0-and-2 pitch from...