New York Yankees defeat Boston Red Sox, 11-9

NEW YORK — If it was home runs that set up the Red Sox, it was only fitting they would be their undoing as well.

With Jonathan Papelbon on the mound, a closer who had turned shaky into stellar by not allowing an earned run since April 24, New England’s favorite villain stepped to the plate with one on and the Yankees down, 9-7, in the ninth inning.

Alex Rodriguez smashed Papelbon’s first pitch, a 94-mile-per-hour fastball, into the Yankees bullpen in left-center and Mar...

NEW YORK — Red Sox fans won’t want to read this, but here goes.

Great players do great things. And Alex Rodriguez is one of the greatest.

Sox fans will resist every inkling in their bodies to admit that. They’ll bring up steroids, and incidents such as the ones with Jason Varitek and Dallas Braden. They’ll never give him his due, but the fact is he stepped to the plate with his team trailing, 9-7, in the bottom of the ninth inning last night and slammed a two-run hom...

NEW YORK — Friday night the Bruins were like the old Red Sox.

And now the Red Sox are the Bruins.

Underachieving. The opposite of clutch. Hard to watch. Not worthy of the love of the legions back home.

The 2010 Red Sox sank to a new low last night when Jonathan Papelbon surrendered a pair of two-run homers in the bottom of the ninth in an excruciating 11-9 loss to the Yankees. The late-night implosion erased a noble comeback in which the Sox recovered from a 6-1 d...

As the Yankees mobbed Marcus Thames at home plate following his game-winning two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon Monday night, A.J. Burnett excused himself from the party.

"Excuse me," Burnett said to Jason Zillo, the team's media relations director. "I have to disappear for a minute."

Burnett reemerged from the dugout moments later and delivered the Yankees' first pie of the season, smothering Thames in whipped cream to put that familiar stamp on the Bombers' dramat...