Red Sox Takes First In AL East

Boston crushes Yanks to take the top spot.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Remember when the Boston Red Sox got off to such a horrible start to this season and damn near everyone was writing them off as a failure this season? Well, I guess it's safe to say that the reports of their demise may have been premature after they took over first place Wednesday night with an 11-6 stomping of their chief rival, the New York Yankees.

The win over the Yankees, always treasured by the Boston faithful, is getting to be almost a given this season. The Red Sox has topped New York 7 of the 8 times they have played this season, including all 5 at Yankee stadium. The 5 wins on the road against New York are the most Boston has had in one season since 1912, a season in which they won the World Series.

"We play these guys so much. If you don't play well they're going to beat you," Yankee captain Derek Jeter said. "They've outplayed us. They have a good team. The bottom line is they can hit and they can pitch. They can do a little bit of everything."

Boston was again led by the hot bat of David Ortiz, who homered again to extend his own personal resurgence to 4 home runs in the past 8 games, second vs the Yanks in as many games. This time, however, he did it without the cocky bat flip he used Tuesday that angered Yankee's players and coaches.

"I don't want to be national news tomorrow," Ortiz said when asked why their was no bat-flip after Wednesday's home run. "I don't want to have you guys asking me the same questions. I've got almost 370 bombs in the big leagues. Everybody wants to make a big deal because I bat-flip one of them."

"I mean, it’s not my first time, it’s not going to be my last time. Big deal. I enjoy the game. I’m a home run hitter. It’s not like I do it all the time. It’s part of the excitement, you know what I mean? What can I tell you?’’

With the win, Boston takes over first place in the AL East, and if their current hot streak is any indication, they have every intention of staying there. The Red Sox have won 4 straight and have won 18 of the past 24 games to reach this spot.

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