New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-5

The moments are easy to recall: Jacoby Ellsbury’s ribs making contact with Adrian Beltre, Dustin Pedroia dropping to the dirt in the batter’s box, Josh Beckett walking off the mound in the rain at Yankee Stadium.

As the injuries mounted, they became part of the refrain, part of the excuse for not having the season the Red Sox expected.

But while the injuries clearly hurt the Sox’ chances in the tough American League East, blaming them for Boston’s inability to make the ...