New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 15-9

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 15-9 on a night when an astronaut tossed the ceremonial first pitch, earned run averages soared and hitters were sky high on Wednesday.

The Yankees had a trio of four-run innings and World Series champion Boston had a six-run fifth inning, the teams combining for 30 hits in what appeared like extended batting practice against a total of nine pitchers in the game.

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada had three ...

NEW YORK - Were Josh Beckett to come into Yankee Stadium tonight, take the New Yorkers by storm, and pitch seven or eight innings, there would certainly be sighs of relief from Red Sox relievers. They would shake his hand and congratulate him and enjoy a rare bit of silence from the bullpen phone.

It has not been that way for the Sox starters recently. Last night, Clay Buchholz lasted 3 2/3 innings in a game that spiraled so far out of control it ended with the Yankees ...