The Yankees got the Red Sox-garbed monkey off their back last weekend, but still only made up one game in the AL East.
Now they have another golden chance to put a dent in the division lead this weekend in Boston — even if their lineup won’t quite resemble the one they rolled out last month at Fenway Park.
Despite missing two important bullpen arms and two starting position players due to COVID-19 coming out of the All-Star break, the Yankees have forged ahead and had won three straight entering Wednesday’s series finale with the Phillies. That included their first two wins of the season against the Red Sox over the weekend in The Bronx, after starting 0-7 against them.
The Yankees entered Wednesday seven games back of the Red Sox, but if they are going to make a run at them down the stretch, the four-game set that begins Thursday in Boston looms as crucial to that goal.
“Obviously it’s no secret who our biggest rivals are and where we’re at in the standings,” Brett Gardner said Wednesday. “Not just Boston, but obviously after that we go to Tampa for three games. We have a very, very important week and a half of baseball coming up…