Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 6-5

The Red Sox moved into sole possession of first place in the American League East with a 6-5 win last night over the Yankees at Fenway Park, and New York was left wondering what it has to do to beat Boston.

Seven wins in seven tries this season for the Sox over their longtime rivals, a dominance that should be unlikely given the talent on a strong Yankee club that will probably be fighting the Sox until season's end.

For now, the Sox will say it's early. They will sa...

BOSTON - Every time the Red Sox need big outs against the Yankees, it seems their relievers deliver. Wednesday night it happened again. When the Yankees drew within a run, the Boston bullpen showed why it represents the difference between the two teams.

Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon combined to get the last seven outs for the Red Sox and preserve a 6-5 win. With the tying run on second and one out in the eighth, Okajima struck out Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon. Th...

BOSTON - What, for 180 million bucks, Mark Teixeira couldn't come up with one more measly hit in the ninth inning?

Understandably, some Yankee fans probably won't take that jab so facetiously. But Teixeira, whose powerhouse four-hit night ended with a groundout leading off the ninth inning against Jonathan Papelbon, couldn't lead the Yankees all the way back in a 6-5 loss to the Red Sox last night at Fenway.

"We didn't play well enough to win. When you don't play wel...

BOSTON - It couldn't have been more clear that Joe Girardi is fast running out of patience with Chien-Ming Wang. It is killing the manager to continue losing to the Red Sox, seven straight now this season, and so it was no surprise that he took a pass when asked after last night's game if Wang would start again in five days.

"I need to sleep on it," he said.

Actually, you wondered if Girardi would sleep at all Wednesday night, as hard as he takes losses, as gut-wrenc...