New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 2-1

NEW YORK—Mariano Rivera flashed his classic form just in time.

The New York Yankees closer pitched himself in and out of trouble Saturday, escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth inning and preserving a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

After Mike Mussina pitched six shutout innings, Rivera took over in the ninth with a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox quickly scored a run and were poised to get more, but Rivera struck out Coco Crisp, got Jason Varitek on a popup and f...

NEW YORK - He will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer, a name that future generations of Yankee fans will remember with the same awe and reverence as Mantle, Berra, and (dare we say it) Gehrig and Ruth. In the new Yankee Stadium, he may even be honored with his own monument.

But when it comes time to recall Mariano Rivera at his most vulnerable, chances are the Red Sox will figure in those stories, more often than not. The Sox have seen him at his best; they have sent him ...