New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-5

When you've pitched 2,356 2/3 innings and allowed 2,280 hits (303 of them home runs), and when you throw a pitch that floats like a butterfly and gets stung often, you gain some perspective and acceptance.

That doesn't mean you don't compete. It merely means that moments like last night's seventh inning, when this game -- a 7-5 loss to the Yankees before 36,290 at Fenway -- slipped away, are sometimes unavoidable for 39-year-old Tim Wakefield.

Wakefield, in a 4-1 hole, ...