Sunday Night Baseball: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees

"It's been a lot of fun pitching with these guys behind me", said Nathan Eovaldi, who pitched eight scoreless innings to help the Red Sox beat NY for the third game in a row and expand their lead in the AL East to season-high 8½ games with a 4-1 victory. The two teams began the series Thursday separated by 5.5 games.

Boston took a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning after David Price hurled six shutout innings to start the game, but the Yankees battled back to take a 4-1 lead. This series was supposed to be New York's way to close the gap in the AL East.

Boston improved to 7-3 in extra-inning games and has four walk-off wins in its last 13 games at Fenway. Considering Boston entered Sunday with 34 losses, that outcome is. well, improbable.

Before this past weekend's series with the first place Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said, "You wonder what their record would be if they weren't playing us".

Red Sox: C Blake Swihart went on the 10-day DL due to a strained right hamstring.

Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo homered in a five-run second inning and the Chicago Cubs hung on from there to beat the San Diego Padres. Although players such as Andrew Benintendi (three RBI) and newcomer Ian Kinsler (two RBI) had more productive nights, the Red Sox slugger was a major catalyst in that production as he has been consistently all season long. Severino for a while was competing for the American League Cy Young Award, but in his last three starts he has given up 17 runs in just 15 innings.

"I wish the Red Sox nothing but the best", Belichick said, "not that they need any help from me". Really bad. But thanks to a soft August schedule, the Yankees will get healthy on the field and in the standings.

For now, though, Andujar in the field is this year's Yankee version of Gary Sanchez behind the plate last season - a deficiency providing constant pain that will force tough decisions about playing time despite his bat. "I definitely had it in the back of my mind form the moment that it happened, but you've still got to slow down and pitch a ballgame". But who knows what kind of psychic shape these Yankees are in right now? With 52 games remaining that will give NY plenty of opportunities to beat up on some weaker opponents, even though it has a tendency to play down to lesser teams. The Yankees also reorganized their rotation just before the start of the series with Sonny Gray being moved to the bullpen.

Despite the four straight losses, the Yankees are still 68-42 - a record that puts them 4.5 games ahead of every team in the National League. However, Boone is hopeful that getting swept can turn into a rallying point for the Yankees.

"We have a good relationship with those people, " said Belichick.

It was a test that began Wednesday, when the Yankees lost at home to the Baltimore Orioles thanks to an uninspiring pitching performance.

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