In the first half of the 18-game season series, Boston dominated winning the first 8 games. However, in the second half the Yankee domination of the Red Sox continues. Since that 8th win by the Sox, the Bombers have won 8 of 9. Both teams are clearly the hottest teams in baseball right now, but the Yankees have done everything they needed to pull away with wins.
On Friday, the Yankees topped the Sox 9-5, riding on the back of Alex Rodriguez who went 3-3 with a HR and 4 RBI. Joba pitched 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on two home runs and scattering the other three hits in the game. Joba showed big improvement in his control and pitches and made the case that he should still be considered for the fourth pitcher for the postseason.
On Saturday, CC Sabathia earned his major league-leading 19th win by holding the Red Sox to 1 hit and 2 walks while striking out 8 through 7 innings. He was utterly dominating and never allowed a Red Sox player to get into scoring position. Sabathia improved his case for the AL Cy Young Award, given to the best pitcher in the American League. He now has an MLB-best 19 wins and is fourth in the AL with a 3.21 ERA.
The Yankees won Saturday’s game 3-0, off a solo home run by Robinson Cano off of Daisuke Matsuzaka in the sixth inning. Johnny Damon knocked in two more runs in the eighth off of Billy Wagner. Surprisingly, Alex Rodriguez was 0-3 with runners in scoring position the afternoon after he went 3-3 with 4 RBI.
The Yankees look to sweep the series Sunday afternoon at 1pm on ESPN. The game was originally scheduled for 8pm Sunday night, but the game was rescheduled for 1pm to take the team’s Jewish fans into consideration as the Yom Kippur holiday begins Sunday at sundown.