The Yankees and the Red Sox have not shared their first six games this season, and just slipped apart on Friday in the AL East standings. They are very similar to the teams that will start the race of the division.
But in the opening race on Friday at the stadium, the Yankees did their best to show off their superiority.
From an outstanding performance by CC Sabathia to the hits of the rookie tandems of Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar – not to mention two homers of first baseman Greg Bird – the Yankees dominated from start to finish in an 8-1 -Victory.
The win brought the Yankees back into a tie over the division, though they do lead the percentage win.
"Every time these two franchises come together, it's usually a big deal," said Aaron Boone before the game. "But I think the first half was for both clubs, I think it will be a great environment, I know that there was a lot of talk, hopefully we can go out and get it."
Sabathia and the offensive made sure they did.
The left-handers delivered one of his best performances of the season and held one of the best lineups in the majors on one of seven innings, knocking out five. Andujar and Bird both heated in a four-thousander from left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (9-3).
Sabathia (5-3) beat Steve Pearce's double in the second round and knocked Xander Bogaerts out, Eduardo Nunez appeared and Rafael Devers shot in the middle to keep the game goalless.
Torres opened the inning with a thunderous triple from the wall in the middle, just ahead of Jackie Bradley Jr.
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The Yankees added to their lead in the fourth.
Giancarlo Stanton led with a walk – his second in the game – and moved in threes on Didi Gregorius's doubles to the right center to bring up Torres.
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Andujar then strapped on a two-run homer and the Yankees began to pull back when Bird followed his first homer since June 13.
The Red Sox finished fifth in fifth with Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi double in front of Sabathia
Just when it seemed Boston could come back into play after Sabathia had played for the third time against JD Martinez after the designated hitter was eliminated twice, Sabathia fell behind the 3-0
But he recovered to get Martinez to come to the right, to make the inning with no more damage.
It was the sixth start in which Sabathia gave up no more than three earned runs.
The night was much worse for Rodriguez, who threw five goalless innings against the Yankees in May but had much different results on Friday. He allowed five runs in six innings before Justin Haley (Justin Haley) took over to start the bottom of the seventh.
Aaron Judge tied a two-round shot from Haley to make it 7-1. It was Judges 21st homer of the year. Bird's second homer came in eighth. He had hit only three home runs the whole season before Friday.