New York Yankees Put Boston Rivalry Aside at Tonight's Game

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New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox: It's a fierce and storied baseball rivalry that goes back decades and is arguably the biggest in American sports.

But in the wake of the Boston marathon bombing Monday that left three people dead and at least 170 people injured, the Yankees are putting differences aside at tonight's game to pay tribute to their baseball brethren in Boston.

The Yankees tweeted today that the team will hold a special moment of silence tonight at their home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and will also lead the crowd in a rendition of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" at the end of the third inning, an honored tradition at Fenway Park.

The tweet has been retweeted more than 8,000 times.

The Yankees followed it up with a second tweet showing a photo of the signs at Yankee Stadium decorated with love for Boston. The photo has been retweeted more than 9,000 times.

The Red Sox responded in kind, thanking the Yankees for being "bigger than the game."

Diamond's 1969 hit song "Sweet Caroline" has been a fixture at Red Sox home games for at least 15 years. It is usually played during the bottom of the eighth inning, and fans will belt out the "Bah-bah-bah" and "So Good, So Good, So Good" rather raucously.

Tonight, the Bronx will sing. contacted representatives of both the Red Sox and the Yankees, but they did not immediately comment.

In the wake of Monday's tragedy, other baseball franchises have joined the Yankees in showing their support for the Red Sox.

The Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays, fellow American League East teams that will face off tonight in Baltimore, tweeted they will also hold a moment of silence.

Two other baseball teams close by, the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies, also tweeted their condolences:

The Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Indians, both in the same league as the Red Sox, tweeted that flags will be flown at half-staff at their respective stadiums for tonight's games.