The Boston Red Sox said goodbye to Mariano Rivera, and then they finished off the New York Yankees in the AL East.
Shortly after a pregame ceremony to honor the longtime Yankees closer, Mike Napoli homered in a three-run first inning to help Clay Buchholz coast to a 9-2 victory over New York on Sunday night. Daniel Nava added four hits for Boston, which eliminated the two-time defending East champions from the division race.
Buchholz pitched six innings of two-hit ball to complete the three-game sweep and give the Red Sox six wins in seven games against the Yankees in 11 days. Boston has won 10 of its last 12 to expand its lead in the AL East over second-place Tampa Bay to 9 1/2 games.
''It's not just one team,'' said Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who singled and scored a run on a double steal. ''It's how we play. We want to win every game. We never settle for what (the lead) is. It's `Go for the next one.'''
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