New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 5-3

NEW YORK -- It's the time of year, Joe Torre said, when it doesn't matter whether you're seven games ahead or seven games behind.

"You really have to put the blinders on and deal with the present," said the Yankees manager, whose team found itself last night in the forgotten position of being the pursuers rather than the pursued in the American League East.

"You get reminded, which is normal, about what other people are doing, where your competition is going to come ...