The New York Yankees likely expected a tight race in the AL East, but the Boston Red Sox are surprisingly not one of their challengers.
The Yankees will try to maintain sole possession of first place during a three-game series with their sputtering archrivals beginning Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
New York (79-61) moved one game ahead of Baltimore with a 13-3 rout at Camden Yards on Sunday, remaining two in front of Tampa Bay. The Yankees went 4-6 over a 10-game stretch against those teams but won three of the final five.
"We've certainly got a hell of a competition going with both Baltimore and Tampa Bay, but I know we're up for that challenge and we're not afraid of it," general manager Brian Cashman told the team's official website.
New York will face Tampa Bay again this weekend and will try to head into that series with some momentum by taking advantage of the Red Sox's woes.
Boston (63-78) has dropped 11 of 12 and was swept at home by Toront...