How sweep it is for Yankees
Some quick assorted notes and news as the Yankees wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 5-2 victory here tonight at Yankee Stadium, their seventh straight win:
The Yankees are a season-best 27 games over .500 and 6 1/2 games ahead of
Boston for first place in the AL East, marking their largest lead of
the season. Think that isn’t significant? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Yankees have never lost a division lead of more than six games.
They swept the Red Sox in a series of at least four games for the seventh
time since 1950, and the first since the five-game ‘Boston Massacre’ of Aug. 2006 at Fenway
Park. The Yankees have have won 13 of their last 14 games at Yankee Stadium and are a Major League-best 39-17 at home.
The 31-inning scoreless stretch was the second-longest by Yankees pitchers since Divisional play began behind only a 33.0-inning run in 1976. The last time Boston had been held scoreless for at least 31 consecutive innings was a 34-inning scoreless stretch in 1974.