Sunday, July 8, 2012
BOSTON—The Yankees know how to finish strong.
In their final game before the All-Star break, the Yankees beat the Red Sox, 7-3, on Sunday night at Fenway Park. It was New York’s eighth straight victory in a series finale on the road and it completed a 4-3 road trip.
The Yankees took three out of four games from their rivals and enter the break with the Major League’s best record at 52-33. New York also has the Major’s largest division lead, a seven-game advantage over the Orioles in the American League East.
It’s been a one-sided rivalry so far in 2012. The Yankees improved to 5-1 against the Red Sox and 9-5 in their last 14 games against clubs currently .500 or better.
Andruw Jones left his mark at Fenway Park with his fourth home run in three games. Jones crushed a two-run homer over the Green Monster in the seventh inning. He also totaled three solo shots during Saturday’s doubleheader.
It was a breakout performance for Jones, who entered the series with just three homers in 91 career at-bats at Fenway Park.
Ivan Nova also finished his successful first half with a solid outing. The right-hander struck out 10 over six innings, scattering six hits and allowing two runs (one earned) to pick up his 10th victory.
Jones went from having a disappointing season to a great one in the span of two days. Nova was great tonight, and if he had a better defense behind him he may have pitched seven shutout innings. Granted, the Red Sox lineup isn’t as imposing as it normally is, but anytime you can pitch well in the pinball machine they call home you have to be happy with it. Nova’s games are starting to become my favorite games to watch because of the way he’s developing.
The Yankees haven’t felt like a great team for much of the first half of the year, but they’ve played at a 99 win clip through tonight. It’s tough to ask for more than that.
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