New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 13-6

NEW YORK - The sweat dripped from John Smoltz’s face as he stared in at his catcher.

He looked lost and beaten. He had seen nights like this in his long career, spanning two decades, but never has he experienced so many in such a short period of time - at a point in his life when his hold on a spot in the rotation appears ever more tenuous.

It had taken one pitch to make the sweat pop, and to bring John Farrell out of the dugout on a mercy mission.

It was another fas...

In front of the Greatest, the Yankees were at their best.

After opening the season series with eight straight losses against Boston, the Bombers pounded their rivals Thursday night, wearing out the Red Sox with a 13-6 thrashing in front of the new Yankee Stadium's biggest-ever crowd, one that included Muhammad Ali.

"It's definitely better to be 1-8 than 0-9," said Johnny Damon, one of four Yankees to hit home runs. "Obviously we're still happy about it, but those are...