Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 5-2

NEW YORK -- It seems so long ago now.

Forever, possibly.

With the Red Sox full of hope and just a notch below the Yankees in the American League East, the ancient rivals crowded into Fenway Park for a five-game series last month that turned from a beacon to a slaughter. That, in so many ways, effectively ended the Red Sox' hopes for a division win, a postseason berth, or playing meaningful games at the end of the season.

And so, by splitting a day-night doubleheader ...

NEW YORK -- Care to wager where Big Papi and Manny are hanging while the Red Sox are in New York this weekend?

You could look for them at the Copa or Crobar, I suppose, but your best bet may be to take the A train uptown to 190th St., then amble one bustling block north. There, at 1618 St. Nicholas Ave., you'll find El Nuevo Caridad, a Dominican restaurant that's favored by many of Major League Baseball's best Latin ballplayers, from the two Sox sluggers to Albert Pujol...