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Last night was all about the team. No individuals here. Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Dustin Moseley, Lance Berkman.

Dustin Moseley filled in for an injured A.J. Burnett and helped lead the New York Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Mark Teixeira hit his 25th homer, becoming the fourth player to hit at least 25 in each of his first eight big league seasons, and Lance Berkman won over Yankees fans with two doubles.

Jeter broke a tie with The Babe for 39th place on the career hits list with an RBI single in the second inning, his 2,874th hit. Jeter waved his helmet to an standing ovation. Jeter doubled in two runs in the fifth to give New York a 7-1 lead and end Josh Beckett’s night with a Bronx cheer.

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Even A-Rod contributed, becoming just the second (by my count) member of the 600-300 club with his steal.

Beckett allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings, and there were some discussions on Twitter whether Beckett is now the Yankees’ Daddy (good bye, Pedro).

In the rotation because Andy Pettitte is on the disabled list with a strained groin, Moseley moved up a day when Burnett tweaked his back throwing on flat ground. In his third start, the right-hander worked the corners with a fastball that rarely exceeded 90 mph and gave up six hits and two runs, including a homer to Hall.

In the second inning, Berkman sent a ball down the right-field line for his first extra-base hit with the Yankees in 23 at-bats. He scored when Hall made a diving stop on Brett Gardner’s groundball but his throw sailed past first base for an error.

Gardner scored on Jeter’s hit to make it 2-0.

Teixeira homered leading off the fifth against Beckett and Berkman followed a walk and hit batter with a one-out RBI doubled down the third-base line to make it 4-1.

Cano was hit twice in the fifth, once by Beckett and again by catcher Kevin Cash, whose throw to third hit him in the helmet as he was diving back to the bag. Cano jumped up and raced home. Jeter added a two-run double to right-center.

Phil Hughes goes for the series win today against Jon Lester at 2:05 p.m.
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I’ve driven past PNC Park, home of the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate three times in the past week and I’ll be driving past it again this Friday. Too bad I’m out of town on Saturday, July 31, when fans will meet their favorite Triple-A Yankees players and bid on sports memorabilia at the annual Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Autograph Party & Auction.

According to information shared with Generation Third from the SWB Yankees marketing office, gates will open at 1:30 p.m. as fans will be able to browse the wide variety of silent auction items displayed throughout the stadium concourse. 
 
More than 100 auction items will be on the block including signed items from Stephen Strasburg, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia, Reggie Jackson and Curtis Granderson plus numerous game used bats, jerseys, gift certificates from local merchants and much more.
 
Your favorite Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees players and coaches will be signing autographs beginning at 2:00 p.m. at six autograph tables located throughout the facility.
 
Admission to the event is only $5 which includes one randomly assigned autograph table featuring 3-4 players/staff. Additional tables may be purchased for $5 once inside the facility.
 
The silent auction will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 
For the first time ever, there will also be a silent auction taking place during the 7:05 game that evening vs. Syracuse.
 
One nice thing coming from this event is that all proceeds will be donated to the Pediatric programs at Allied Rehab and John Heinz Rehab.

Hope you decide to support this worthy cause!

Its a strange, unintended effect of Interleague play in baseball – you end up rooting against the league you favorite team is in.  On Sunday as it appeared the Yankees would win, I was rooting for the Marlins to beat the Rays and the Phillies to top the Red Sox.  Go National League!

I’ve always liked the Interleague portion of the schedule.  The Yankees are able to play teams it typically rarely ever sees in a non-playoff setting.  Prior to the Yankees sweep of Houston this past weekend, I couldn’t remember the last time the two teams played.  Over the next two weeks, the Yankees will face off against their opponents from last season’s World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies, the NY Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Dodgers series, in two weeks, will pit the Yankees against their former manager, Joe Torre.

Interleague provides a little extra spice to a long baseball season.  Although I think the National League needs to get with it and start using the DH, it is fun watching Yankees pitchers hit, or rather, try to hit.  Plus, the fun of seeing teams you don’t usually see is a good attraction to interleague play.  After this year, the Yankees won’t face the Dodgers or Diamondbacks for years.

It does surprise me that teams from the same division will end up playing different teams.   It’s kind of unfair.  Tampa, Boston and the Yankees all get to face off against the struggling D’Backs, but the Yankees will face tough series against the Phillies, who are built like an AL team, the Mets, who are always a tough series no matter what each team’s record is, and the tough Dodgers.  Boston faces three NL West teams with winning records – the Rockies, Giants and Dodgers, while the Rays face off against interstate rivals Florida, the tough Atlanta Braves and NL West-leading Padres.

I think Boston gets the worst of it, while Tampa gets the easiest schedule. I personally like the NFL version of inter-conference play – each division plays the same teams – so you know that schedules are equal on at least that footing.

The Yankees completely dominated the Houston Astros this weekend, winning by scores of 4-3, 9-3 and 9-5 behind the offense of Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter and the grand efforts of Jorge Posada.  Posada hit a grand slam in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.

While the Yankees were sweeping Houston, Tampa Bay lost 2 of 3 at the hands of the Florida Marlins, allowing the Bombers to catch the Rays for the first time in months.  Right now, three of the four best records in the American League are in the AL East.  The Yankees and Rays have the two best records, while the Boston Red Sox currently boast the fourth-best record after the Minnesota Twins.

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