Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 11-3

NEW YORK --At this rate, the relentless Boston Red Sox might eliminate the Yankees sooner than anyone thought.

Jason Bay drove in four runs, Dustin Pedroia hit a grand slam and Boston routed the listless Yankees 11-3 on Wednesday night, putting an emphatic dent in New York's dwindling playoff chances.

"I never write the Yankees off until the season's over and the standings are set," Pedroia said. "They've been around too long and been in the playoffs for such a long ...

NEW YORK - When Jonathan Papelbon raised his arms as he watched Dustin Pedroia's grand slam soar into the netting above Monument Park, there was joy. There was excitement.

And there was the knowledge that, in one swing of the second baseman's bat, "that's the nail in the coffin," as the closer said. Papelbon, presumably, was speaking about last night's game, an 11-3 Red Sox win over the Yankees on an ugly night for the home team in the Bronx.

But he also could have b...

The late innings felt like last call at Yankee Stadium. It is only late August, yet it felt like the home team needed to do something heroic, and fast, to keep any hope alive for the old ballpark to stay open for one more October.

After all, the Yankees couldn't lose this game and expect to have any real shot at catching the Red Sox, or maybe the Twins or White Sox, for the wild-card spot.

So somebody had to do something as the Yanks went to the late innings down tw...