After a seesaw thriller in the opening game, the next chapter of this long weekend edition of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry will continue to help set the tone for the September stretch run in the American League East.
The Red Sox remain solidly ahead of their three division pursuers, but Thursday night's opener was proof this is no time to get comfortable with any lead. The Red Sox recovered from losing a five-run lead for a 9-8 win Thursday.
On Friday, the Sox will turn to young lefty Felix Doubront and the Yankees will bring veteran southpaw Andy Pettitte to the mound in a clash that figures to bring the thrills in the Bronx again.
The Yankees are looking at these four games as crucial, considering it is their last home opportunity to get after the division leaders. They're now nine games behind the Red Sox, though they remain very much in the AL Wild Card hunt. Every game is important for the Yankees from here on out -- especially against the leader of the pack.
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