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August 31, 2007

Ten things we learned from Bronx sweep

The New York Yankees are back in the race.

As crazy as that sounds, after what happened the last three days, it is true.

Does anything change? Not really.

The Red Sox are still in good position, ahead by five games in the American League East with 13 consecutive games against the Orioles, Blue Jays and Devil Rays immediately ahead of them.

But you should have been taking notes, because it says here we learned a few things about these two clubs the last three days:



1. Chicago sweep never happened.

Remember that four-game sweep a few days ago against the White Sox? It never happened.

Well, it happened; it just was negated by the last three days. As good as the Red Sox bats looked against second-rate pitching, the Sox looked as bad against good, not great, pitching.

Manny Ramirez's absence is not an excuse. So many average teams have whacked around the Yankees that the Sox still have enough firepower to score more than five runs per game never mind the series.

It's too bad because it appeared the Sox had finally that momentum, after going 24-12, but that momentum is gone.

Nothing really changes in terms of their playoff position. It's just that they wasted what could have been a big three games.



2. J.D. Drew is lost.

Lost in the controversial play (Kevin Youkilis running out of the baseline) was the guy who hit the soft, routine, double-play grounder with men on first and second with no outs in the crucial seventh inning | J.D. Drew.

Drew continues to look overmatched against decent to very good pitching. He was 1 for 11 this series and, frankly, I don't remember his hit.

The Red Sox really needed Drew this series, especially with Ramirez being out, but he wasn't there.

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