New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 19-8

By the time Mike Lowell exited last night's game against the Yankees, it was already a lost evening.

The rain that had engulfed the Boston area had delayed the start by 1 hour 31 minutes (and added a second delay later); the Yankees were on top by four runs, a lead that would swell to 11 by game's end; and the American League East title was about to head to Tampa Bay.

But those were simply minor annoyances when compared to facing the playoffs without Lowell at third bas...

BOSTON - The Red Sox scratched Daisuke Matsuzaka shortly before the start of Friday night's game against the Yanks when pouring rain delayed the start at Fenway Park. Amid delays totaling 2 hours, 19 minutes (the second one came in the top of the fifth), the Bombers pounded the Red Sox, 19-8. Boston's loss gave the Tampa Bay Rays their first AL East title and set up division series matchups of Red Sox-Angels and the Rays against the AL Central champ. Derek Jeter left the g...