New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-5

No matter the masks. No matter the jeers.

No matter the singsong mocking, the screams of "Mine!," the tabloid headlines, the questions about his sportsmanship. No matter the pressure of being himself.

Two outs. Two strikes. And, suddenly, the ball was flying, the crowd was cowering, and the weight was gone for the moment.

Alex Rodriguez left it all behind, for a night at least, sending a fastball from Jonathan Papelbon over the head of Coco Crisp and into the Red Sox...