Boston Red Sox defeat New York Yankees, 10-6

NEW YORK — Sitting on the podium in the interview room before the game, manager Terry Francona considered the question.

He had been asked about playing spoiler, given that the Red Sox have six of their final 10 games against the Yankees, and could do significant damage to New York’s quest to win the American League East.

“We didn’t have a meeting or anything,’’ Francona said. “I wish we were eight games up. Nothing really changes. The best way we can go about our busine...

NEW YORK — This season has been, in many ways, unbelievable for Jed Lowrie.

There was the bout of mononucleosis that cost him several months and delayed his comeback from wrist surgery.

There was the return, slow at first, and the resumption of his status as an everyday major league player for the first time since his rookie season in 2008.

Given the first part, Lowrie said, the latter is somewhat stunning.

“I think looking at how the season started, if you wer...