New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 1-0

The one thing, it can safely be assumed, that David Ortiz did not want to do on the night he returned to the Red Sox lineup after nearly eight weeks away was to speak for, or about, Manny Ramírez, on a night Ramirez's withdrawal from the lineup trumped anything that happened on the field in last night's 1-0 loss to the Yankees.

So, after the game, Ortiz left without a word from a clubhouse - and a front office - roiled by Ramírez's decision to cite a sore right knee as ...

Joba Chamberlain and the New York Yankees picked up a big win against the Boston Red Sox and then got some help for the pennant race.

Cleveland Indians ace Cliff Lee also had a nice day at work.

Chamberlain took another big step in his transition from the bullpen to the rotation with his best major league start as surging New York beat Boston 1-0 Friday night for its seventh straight win.

The third-place Yankees pulled within two of Boston and stayed three back of...