Yanks dominate Sox all year: A year ago, the Red Sox went 10-9 head-to-head against the Yankees and finished eight games ahead of New York in the standings while wrapping up the AL East title for the third year in a row. But this year, it was a completely different story, with the Yanks dominating from April all the way through Monday night when they officially eliminated the Sox from the division title and went 14-5 in the 19 meetings between the rivals. Of the six series between the two clubs, the Sox won only one -- taking three of four in late July. Otherwise, the Yankees rolled, winning here, in New York, and, of course, in London. Alex Cora said the Yankees have improved when it comes to putting the ball in play more, cutting down on strikeouts and have upgraded defensively. "They're doing a lot of things better than last year,'' said Cora, "and we're not playing at the same level.''
Return of Ortiz lifts Fenway: About an hour before game-time, word began circulating that David Ortiz would be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Ortiz, who was critically injured in a shooting in his native Dominican Republic exactly three months ago and required a number of life-saving surgeries and weeks of hospitalization, jogged to the mound and waved to the adoring fans. Speaking to the crowd