MLB Baseball

Yanks, Red Sox open big series at Fenway

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Two games are all that separate the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card standings as the clubs square off in Boston for a pivotal three-game series beginning Friday.

The Red Sox (88-65) have seized control of the top wild card spot behind a seven-game winning streak. Boston has scored at least six runs in each contest and 59 total during the stretch.

The Yankees (86-67) enter a day off Thursday in sole possession of the second wild card, though the Toronto Blue Jays could close a half-game gap with a win over the Minnesota Twins in the evening. New York rebounded from a 1-3 dip with a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers at home.

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