New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 9-5

NEW YORK - The image of Jon Lester falling to the ground, writhing in pain as the Red Sox training staff streamed out of the dugout, was startling.

He dropped immediately, the ball slamming off the side of the right knee, his face turning a shade of red. He stayed down. Shortstop Alex Gonzalez said to himself, “Oh my God.’’

It was a line drive off the bat of Melky Cabrera that did it, coming with the bases loaded and Lester already in trouble. He had just thrown his 78t...

The timing was right. The shackles were off Joba Chamberlain, finally, and the playoffs are dead ahead. Joe Girardi seized the moment to call Joba into his office and tell him it was time to grow up, time to start pitching like a man.

Or else.

Actually, the "or else" part apparently was left unsaid, but Chamberlain seemed to get the message. If he wants to make a start in the playoffs, he needed to go out last night and give the Yankees reason to believe they can tru...

Jon Lwater and the Red Sox endured a scary moment Friday night, when a third-inning rocket off Melky Cabrera's bat hit the lefthander on the side of his right knee and the pitcher went down.

Only time will tell if the injury is as severe as it initially appeared, but both Lester and the team were optimistic it might not even cause him to miss a turn in the starting rotation, never mind affect his important place in Boston's playoff plans.

Lester spent a few minutes o...

The Bronx Bombers morphed into a track team Friday night and wound up running the Red Sox right out of Yankee Stadium.

Where did all the sudden aggressiveness on the base paths come from? Even Alex Rodriguez seemed at a loss.

"I'm not sure," said Rodriguez, who swiped three of the Yankees' seven stolen bases in the Bombers' 9-5 victory. "We're always looking for opportunities."

And the Yankees sure didn't waste any time.

Derek Jeter, who stole a pair of bases, ...

Joe Girardi delivered a simple message to Joba Chamberlain after his last start: It's time to step up.

That's precisely what Chamberlain did Friday night, delivering his best performance in nearly two months to help the Yankees move closer to a division title with a 9-5 win over the Red Sox at the Stadium.

Chamberlain gave up three runs on five hits and a walk over six innings, striking out five. Having gone 0-4 with an 8.42 ERA in his previous eight starts, Chamberl...