Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 4-3

Had Joe Torre deigned to leave a note for his successor, Joe Girardi, advising him on the do's and don'ts of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, this almost certainly would have been at, or near, the top of his list:

DON'T pitch to Manny Ramírez if you can avoid it.

In the years (1996-2007) Torre managed the Yankees, he ordered Ramírez intentionally walked 23 times in the regular season. On five occasions, he had his catcher hold up four fingers twice in the same game.


It's time to give the center-field job to Jacoby Ellsbury.

No disrespect to Coco Crisp, who has started well (he's hitting .296 with three RBIs), and is a good player. But Ellsbury's ceiling is so much higher. Everyone knows that.

He had two hits, a walk, and a stolen base yesterday in the Red Sox' 4-3 victory over the Yankees. The rookie just creates offensive opportunities. He's a constant threat to steal and he has enough pop to hit it out. He ignited the Sox' win...