Yankees Closing in on Red Sox in A.L. East Race

The New York Yankees beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in an interleague game at Yankee Stadium on July 25th and, coupled with the Boston Red Sox fourth straight loss, closed to within in one game of the A. L. East leaders. Yankees rookie starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery allowed just two hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings for the victory and improved to 7-5 on the year.

Recently acquired third baseman Todd Frazier had a memorable debut with the Yankees in the game. In his first at bat as a Yankee, with the bases loaded, Frazier grounded into a triple play. It wasn’t all bad; New York scored a run before the third out was made, the first time a run scored on a triple play since 2006.

Meanwhile, the Red Sox on are the West Coast, where things are not going as well as they’d like. Boston beat the Los Angeles Angels once before losing the final two games of their series, and then lost the first two games of a series in Seattle. The Red Sox and Mariners meet once again in July 26th, before returning home for a tough six game stretch featuring three games with the Royals and three with the Indians. They will also return home from the west coast with a new infielder. Boston traded two minor league prospects to the San Francisco Giants for versatile Eduardo Nunez, who can play both in the infield and outfield and has had a hot bat as of late.

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