Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/18/13
The AL-leading Boston Red Sox are thrilled that 13 of their first 16 games after the All-Star break will be at home. The New York Yankees are mired in fourth place in the AL East and have to be hoping they can duplicate last year's success at Fenway Park - which they haven't visited in 2013. These longtime rivals open a three-game set Friday night, and star second baseman Robinson Cano is expected to play for the Yankees after leaving the All-Star game with a leg injury. Boston (58-39) starts a seven-game homestand against New York and second-place Tampa Bay in its first game at Fenway since July 4. The Red Sox lead the Rays by 2 1/2 games in the East. "The most important thing for us is that we get off the road, we get back into this ballpark and feed off the energy of the people here in Fenway,'' manager John Farrell said. "We're looking forward to the start of this homestand.'' The Yankees (51-44) are six games back as they start a seven-game road stretch that includes a ser...
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