By Kevin Cusmano
That's why it was so important the Yankees took two of three games from the rival Boston Red Sox to start the week, finishing off a series win with a 13-8 victory Wednesday in Boston. With the Blue Jays again winning their late game Wednesday night, the win is all the more important.
In Boston, Greg Bird got the party started with a two-run home run followed directly by John Ryan Murphy's solo shot. The red-hot Stephen Drew jacked a three-run home run of his own. Drew is hitting over. 200 these days and has good power numbers compared to other second baseman around the league. Carlos Beltran, who has come alive since the series in Toronto, blasted another two-run home run.
The Yankees had a commanding lead at one point, but when they pulled Masahiro Tanaka in the seventh inning, the wheels start to fall off. The back end of the Yankees bullpen, which has been strong all year, did finish off the Red Sox, however.
The Tampa Bay Rays come into town next for the Yankees. While it would appear the Yankees could have it easy, believe it or not, Tampa Bay is actually still in the wild card hunt. They are currently 3.5 games behind Texas for that spot, and are currently beating the Orioles late Wednesday night.
The good news for the Yankees is they are starting to hit again. Didi Gregorius has 16 hits in his last 28 at bats. Alex Rodriguez had two hits Wednesday. Bird, Murphy, Beltran and Drew all had big homers in the win over Boston.
When it comes to the New York Yankees nowadays, winning pretty is in no way a requirement, just as long as they win, especially when the team they're chasing in the AL East refuses to lose games anymore.