Red Sox vs. Yankees Three-Game Series
The three-game series between one of the long-time rivals, the N.Y. Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, started on Friday night with a Yankees 4-1 victory over Boston, ending with the Yankees’ five-game losing streak.
C.C Sabathia reappeared on game 1, along with Mark Texeira and Kevin Youkills, and allowed six hits and no walks in 7 1-3 innings. Coming back from offseason elbow surgery, Sabathia showed his best fastball of the season with 94.35 mph, and his best average velocity 92.58.
For their part, Youkilis returned from a bulging disk in his back to go 1 for 4 with a run batted in, while Teixeira went 0 for 3 and scored a run after a three-month recovery from a torn tendon sheath in his wrist.
But the action continued on Saturday night, and the Red Sox beat the Yankees 11-1 at the big stadium in the Bronx. Mike Napoli set the tone for Boston’s win against the Yankees by hitting a third-inning grand slam, his second of the season and fifth of his career.
Though Boston did not score in the fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh innings, the Yankees never had a chance to cut into the 5-1 deficit.
Saturday’s loss was the sixth in seven games for the Yankees, who have averaged 2.1 runs and hit .223 during this season. In addition, the N.Y. Yankees have scored 19 runs in the last eight games.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox have won two of their last three games and hold a two-game edge over the Yankees for the first spot in the American League East division.
The Red Sox entered Sunday’s game with the league-lead in runs scored, with 286, and ranked second in on-base percentage. However, the Yankees were the favorites to win Sunday’s game at -120 over Boston (+115). The game was suspended due to weather with the Red Sox winning 3-0.
But if you like to bet baseball you must consider that the Red Sox are at +1250 to win the 2013 World Series, while the Yankees are at +1500. This is the second series of the season between the Yankees and the Red Sox. The first one was on last April, and Boston took two of three games over N.Y.
Finally, the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is considered by many sports fans as the greatest MLB rivalries of all-time, and the games between these two teams are some of the most-watched games of the season.
Having played more than 2,100 games against each other, the history between the Yankees-Red Sox virtually dates back in 1916 in the Babe Ruth era, when Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees. This led to an 86-year period in which Boston did not win a World Series while the Yankees began their dynasty.