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The Race Is On: Yankees Midweek Report

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What’s happened:

What a weird week so far. The Yanks salvaged a split in Baltimore on Sunday with a 13-3 victory. Curtis Granderson was the star of the show in a pinch-hitting role with a home run in the 6th inning and five runs batted in. Freddy Garcia, Mr. Smoke and Mirrors, hung in just enough to bury the Birds. The Yanks were off on Monday but then let one slip away at Fenway Park on Tuesday. After Derek Jeter’s two-run double gave theYanks a 3-2 lead, the Red Sox got a game-tying home run from Dustin Pedroia and then a walk-off single from Jacoby Ellsbury in the 9th inning to win 4-3. Now the Yanks MUST win the final two games of the series in Boston. There is no other option considering the Orioles slammed the Rays 9-2 at Camden Yards and the AL East is back to a dead-even tie. This is going to be some race between the three clubs.

What’s to come:

Two in Boston. Three in Tampa Bay. 21 games left in the season. It’s as simple as that. The pressure is on.

Highlight of the Week:

Derek Jeter’s MVP-like season continued on Tuesday night in Boston. His go-ahead two-run double in the 6th inning gave him 3,280 career hits. He is now three hits away from tying Willie Mays for 11th all-time on the career hit list.

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