The Boston—New York rivalry dates to 1903, when the two teams were known as the Pilgrims and Highlanders, respectively. Here are some intriguing numbers from the majors' most storied matchup.
? New York, known as the Yankees since 1913, leads the series 1,031-843. New York has lost to Boston, renamed the Red Sox in 1907, more than it has to any other team except the Detroit Tigers (881).
?Since George Steinbrenner took over the Yankees in 1973, New York leads the regular-season series 202-201. In that span the Yankees have won nine American League titles and six World Series; the Red Sox have won two AL pennants.
?The teams have combined to win 48 of 100 American League championships and 31 of the league's 57 World Series titles.
? Boston won all five of its World Series championships before New York won the first of its 26, in 1923.
?The teams have finished one-two in the standings 14 times, including in each of the past four seasons. New York was the first-place team on II of those 14 occasions, including the last four.
?In 1923 the Yankees' 24-man postseason roster featured II former Red Sox players, including Babe Ruth and the pitchers responsible for three of New York's four World Series victories.
? Ted Williams was the American League MVP twice and finished second in the voting four times—all to Yankees (in 1941 and '47 to Joe DiMaggio, in '42 to Joe Gordon and in '57 to Mickey Mantle).
?Three Yankees—George Modridge, Allie Reynolds and Dave Righetti—have thrown no-hitters against the Red Sox. Two Boston pitchers, Cy Young and Rube Foster, have thrown no-hitters against New York.