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Yankees-Red Sox rivalry returns to the Bronx with drama looming

 

It’s been nearly a month since the Yankees and Red Sox reignited their storied rivalry with a thrilling benches-clearing brawl on a frigid April night at Fenway Park. The entire melee was chronicled — tempers flared, suckerpunches were thrown, and suspensions were issued. The bad blood between the teams boiled once again, and there was a refreshing October energy to the series in Boston. 

So, considering the theatrics, how could the Yankees and Red Sox possibly top the excitement generated last month — especially when the regular season is still relatively young?

Well, it shouldn’t be too difficult, since the clubs will soon meet at Yankee Stadium with the two best records in baseball. 

Tuesday night’s game will mark the first time that the Yankees (24-10) and Red Sox (25-9) square off with the two best records in MLB since June 2, 2002. New York entered that game at 37-19, with Boston at 36-16. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the teams’ winning percentages (.721 combined) haven’t been this high with less than 60 games in the books since June 1946. That stands for something, right?

But, that’s not all. The Red Sox opened their year with 17 wins in 19 games, and the Yankees are currently the hottest team in baseball with 15 wins in their last 16 games. Consider these streaks as exceptional dominance. And the calendar won’t hit Memorial Day for another three weeks. 

In summation, this upcoming series in the Bronx should have plenty of juice.

Make that 100-percent juice. 

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