New York Yankees defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 8-4

TORONTO - Before most series with the Red Sox, the Yankees try to pooh-pooh how crucial the games are, even in a tight pennant race.

No, they haven't been thinking about how they have been beaten by Boston this year or talking about it amongst themselves. Every game on the schedule is important, they say.

Still, the series that begins tonight at the Stadium is a little different. The Yankees are 0-8 against the Red Sox this season and admit to being outplayed even thoug...