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Yankees play ‘Sweet Caroline’ in Boston tribute

  • New York Yankees players observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees players observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Purchase photo reprints »

  • New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, catcher Francisco Cervelli, third from left, and others bow their heads during a moment of silence for victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, catcher Francisco Cervelli, third from left, and others bow their heads during a moment of silence for victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Purchase photo reprints »

  • New York Yankees starting pitchers bow their heads during a moment of silence before a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. From left, Joba Chamberlain, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees starting pitchers bow their heads during a moment of silence before a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. From left, Joba Chamberlain, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Purchase photo reprints »

  • A sign that reads "United We Stand" between logos for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox appears at the top of Yankee Stadium before a baseball game in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The message was displayed in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    A sign that reads "United We Stand" between logos for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox appears at the top of Yankee Stadium before a baseball game in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The message was displayed in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Purchase photo reprints »

  • This image provided on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, by the New York Yankees shows a commemorative ribbon to convey New York's solidarity with Boston. The ribbon will be displayed on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard during a moment of silence honoring those who lost their lives or were injured in explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon, prior to their game on Tuesday, April 16. (AP Photo/New York Yankees)

    This image provided on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, by the New York Yankees shows a commemorative ribbon to convey New York's solidarity with Boston. The ribbon will be displayed on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard during a moment of silence honoring those who lost their lives or were injured in explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon, prior to their game on Tuesday, April 16. (AP Photo/New York Yankees) Purchase photo reprints »

  • New York Yankees players observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, catcher Francisco Cervelli, third from left, and others bow their heads during a moment of silence for victims of the Boston Marathon explosions before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees starting pitchers bow their heads during a moment of silence before a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. From left, Joba Chamberlain, Hiroki Kuroda, Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • A sign that reads "United We Stand" between logos for the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox appears at the top of Yankee Stadium before a baseball game in New York, Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The message was displayed in the wake of the Boston Marathon explosions. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • This image provided on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, by the New York Yankees shows a commemorative ribbon to convey New York's solidarity with Boston. The ribbon will be displayed on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard during a moment of silence honoring those who lost their lives or were injured in explosions Monday at the Boston Marathon, prior to their game on Tuesday, April 16. (AP Photo/New York Yankees)

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by playing the Fenway Park favorite “Sweet Caroline” at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

The popular sing-along song has been featured at Boston Red Sox home games since 2002.

The Yankees honored Boston, home of their longtime rivals, by playing the Neil Diamond hit over the public-address system after the third inning against Arizona. Yankees fans sang along, and some people in the crowd wore Red Sox hats and jerseys.

“Thank you NY Yankees for playing ‘Sweet Caroline’ for the people of Boston,” Diamond wrote on his Twitter page. “You scored a home run in my heart. With respect, Neil #OneBoston.”

A ribbon was shown on the scoreboard displaying the insignia of the Red Sox and Yankees and the words: “New York stands with Boston ... Pray for Boston.”

There also was a pregame moment of silence. A message that read “United We Stand” showing the Red Sox and Yankees logos was posted on an electronic board atop the ballpark.

Earlier in the day, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was time to “put the baseball teams aside” and recognize “we’re all behind the people in Boston.”

In Miami, the crowd at Marlins Park sang along to “Sweet Caroline” before the bottom of the eighth inning, and two fans waved a large American flag paying tribute to the marathon victims.

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