New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 8-4

There was little for Josh Beckett to say.

Little he needed to say.

“It was a pretty good [butt] whipping, to sum it up,’’ Beckett said. “[Butt] whipping for me.’’

His eight runs allowed in eight innings against the Yankees last night added up to an 8-4 loss for the Red Sox. Five of his pitches left the ballpark, a career high, two off the bat of Hideki Matsui. Four were solo blasts and one was a two-run shot.

So for the second straight outing, Beckett wasn’t quite...

BOSTON - The Yankees came to Fenway Park without a win on Boston's home turf this season. They left Red Sox Nation with a bigger lead than they had when they arrived.

The Bombers homered five times off Josh Beckett, handing CC Sabathia plenty of run support in an 8-4 win over the Red Sox Sunday night, the Yanks' second straight series win over their archrivals.

The Yank.ees picked up a game over the weekend to move 71/2 in front of the Red Sox in the AL East, their 7...

BOSTON - Free-agent-to-be Hideki Matsui swears he has not thought about his baseball future, though his Yankee career may have only two months or so left. Lately, however, Matsui is providing compelling evidence that he should stay in pinstripes each time he swings the bat, or at least showing off his power to other potential suitors.

Matsui had his second two-homer game in three days against the Red Sox Sunday night, blasting solo shots in the second and eighth innings...

BOSTON - Strictly by the numbers, CC Sabathia's start didn't meet the standards for an ace vs. ace matchup. But then again, he did meet the only standard that really matters, outpitching the other ace, Josh Beckett, and beating the Red Sox Sunday night.

In this case, it probably mattered even more than Sabathia was willing to admit.

After all, he and Beckett have some history between them that made this matchup, the first between them in this rivalry, all the more in...

BOSTON - The Red Sox are dealing with a serious issue at a very bad time. Their rotation has become unreliable as they head into a stretch where they play 11 of 14 games against teams in contention for a playoff spot.

Boston's schedule after Sept. 7 is relatively soft, with only one road series against a team with a winning record - the Yankees on Sept. 25-27. Before things get easier, however, there are four home games with the White Sox, four road games with the Chiso...