Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 4-1

The plate beckoned. Jacoby Ellsbury, creeping farther off third base as Andy Pettitte delivered his second pitch to J.D. Drew, saw the situation clearly.

The pitcher was throwing from the windup, the lefthander's back to third base, the third baseman playing off the bag, the bases loaded.

So on the next pitch, Ellsbury was three-quarters of the way down the line before Pettitte noticed him, the pitch coming as fast as he could throw it to catcher Jorge Posada. Ellsbury ...

BOSTON - Can it get any worse for the Yankees?

After watching Mariano Rivera blow a game on Friday night and A.J. Burnett cough up a six-run lead on Saturday, the Bombers sat by and took in Jacoby Ellsbury's steal of home against Andy Pettitte in the fifth inning Sunday night in a 4-1 loss that capped a three-game sweep at Fenway Park.

The steal set off a wild celebration among the Fenway faithful, and the 38,154 in attendance even got Ellsbury to come to the top ste...

BOSTON - In the end, the steal of home was more than an embarrassing punctuation mark to a sweep at the hands of the Red Sox that was full of heartbreak and exasperation.

For the Yankees, it was symbolic of a weekend in which they were beaten in the cruelest of ways, three losses that leave you wondering if they are as tough as the Red Sox anymore. Is it possible that years of first-round playoff exits and then an empty October in 2008 have stolen whatever grit remained...

BOSTON - Johnny Damon pinch-hit with two out in the top of the ninth Sunday night and nearly came through, blasting a shot to deep right that - much to his surprise - hung up in the air and landed in Jon Van Every's glove for the final out of the game.

"That might have been my best swing of the year," Damon said after the Yankees fell to the Red Sox, 4-1, and were swept at Fenway Park. "I wish it could have at least bounced or gone over his head."

Damon wasn't in a p...