New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-4

Ball one. Ball two. Ball three.

Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima had thrown three pitches off the plate to Nick Johnson in the eighth inning, with Yankees on each of the bases, the game tied at 4-4. Strike one.

Any hope was short-lived, as ball four shortly followed. Jorge Posada trotted home with the fifth run of the game for the Yankees.

“Walk was the last thing I wanted to do,’’ Okajima said, through interpreter Ryo Shinkawa, after the Sox had fallen, 6-4, to New Y...

Now we know the Red Sox are not going 162-0. Two games is a very small sample. Here’s what we’re seeing:

■ You knew it was going to be bad when the Run Prevention Sox made their first error of 2010. And it was. The Sox and Yankees were locked in a 4-4 game in the eighth last night when Derek Jeter hit a routine grounder to short with two on and two out. Marco Scutaro’s throw bounced in front of Kevin Youkilis and everybody was safe.

What could we say other than, “Lug...

BOSTON - It wasn't the best night statistically for A.J. Burnett, but the significance of his first start of the season always was going to be about more than the numbers.

Burnett and Jorge Posada resumed their working relationship in an actual game in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Red Sox. At the site of their much-publicized blowup with each other last season, no new fireworks were added between the mound and home plate at Fenway.

"This will be the last time I will...

BOSTON - OK, so can we stop with all the pretending now? Joba Chamberlain proved Tuesday night that he can still own the eighth inning, so it seems about time for Joe Girardi to give him the ball and get out of the way.

For some reason, either motivation or a lack of faith, Girardi has been reluctant to designate Chamberlain as his primary setup man for Mariano Rivera. Tuesday night he wouldn't turn a one-run lead over to Chamberlain in the eighth inning against the Red...

BOSTON - Is it officially Joba time again?

Prior to Tuesday night's game, Joe Girardi gave a subtle indication that Dave Robertson had moved into the eighth-inning mix. Then, when the Yankees took a one-run lead against Boston in the top of the eighth, it was Robertson trotting to the mound, further strengthening the idea that he was the front-runner for the role.

"We're looking for a guy to go out and attack," pitching coach Dave Eiland said before the game. "The cl...