New York Yankees defeat Philadelphia Phillies, 7-3

It had been nine long seasons.

Nine campaigns without experiencing baseball's ultimate victory, without a parade through the Canyon of Heroes, without being the last team standing at the end of the season.

After four championship rings in his first five seasons, Derek Jeter had to wonder if the success he enjoyed early in his career would ever come around again.

Wednesday night, the world championship finally returned home to the Bronx.

Jeter singled twice, double...

Mark Teixeira went from an MVP candidate in his first regular season in the Bronx to just another high-priced player unable to put up his expected numbers in postseason play.

And the slick-fielding first baseman couldn't care less about the latter, not as he prepares for a joyride through the Canyon of Heroes after earning the first World Series ring of his career in his debut season with the Yankees.

"Every minute that goes by it gets better. I'm enjoying the heck o...

The final pitch of the Yankees' season was delivered a few moments after the final out, in the midst of the on-field celebration and just before the Bombers hoisted the World Series trophy for the 27th time in franchise history.

Acting on instinct and making good on a midseason promise, A.J. Burnett stalked Joe Girardi and delivered one of his patented whipped-cream pies to the manager's face, capping the Yankees' final "walk-off" victory that was never in doubt.

"I ...

Eight years to the day the Yankees' most recent dynasty died with Mariano Rivera on the mound in Arizona, the greatest closer in postseason history sealed the first title of what they hope will be their next run of multiple championships.

Calmly and coolly and as dominant as he's always been, the 39-year-old Rivera recorded the final five outs of the Yankees' 7-3 victory Wednesday night to close out the Phillies in Game 6 and finish off the long-awaited first title in t...

Pedro Martinez quickly bolted Yankee Stadium after a 7-3 loss in Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday night. In fact, his daddies still were celebrating their 27th title on the field as Martinez exited.

"I didn't get the performance I wanted and we ended up losing the game, but I'm extremely proud and I had fun and I enjoyed it," Martinez said before boarding an elevator in the basement near the visitors' clubhouse. "I don't regret anything."

Martinez lost his second...

The move across 161st Street is now complete.

The Yankees finished their debut season at the new Yankee Stadium in style Wednesday night, hammering the Phillies for a 7-3 win in Game 6 to capture the 27th World Series championship in franchise history.

Hideki Matsui had the game of his life, homering and driving in six runs - tying the World Series RBI record - on what may have been his final night in pinstripes. The first four came against long-time Yankees nemesis ...