Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
One thing is certain since Ryan Dempster drilled Alex Rodriguez last month - the New York Yankees are slowly but surely climbing into playoff contention. The Yankees and visiting Boston Red Sox meet Thursday night for the first time since that incident, which may have boosted New York in its playoff push. There always seems to be an added level of intrigue when these arch-rivals meet. That's even more the case since the Yankees' 9-6 victory at Boston on Aug. 18. Dempster hit Rodriguez with a 3-0 pitch in the second inning of that finale of a heated series in which several Boston players complained that the embattled third baseman was allowed to appeal his 211-game suspension by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case. New York manager Joe Girardi was vociferous afterward in defending Rodriguez, who homered off Dempster later in the game. Girardi says the focus will be on baseball in this series. "I think that obviously we know what's at stake and we have to go out and...
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