The Yankees have regained control of the American League East. One big inning was enough to do the trick tonight, as the Yankees grabbed a big lead then hopped on CC Sabathia’s back for a 10-2 win against the rival Red Sox. Down in Tampa Bay, the Orioles couldn’t quite complete a comeback and lost to the Rays, leaving the Yankees with a one-game division lead with two games to play. It’s possible they could clinch the division tomorrow. Tonight the Yankees scored nine runs in the second inning, their highest-scoring inning of the year. Robinson Cano started the scoring with a home run, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin went back-to-back, and Mark Teixeira homered in his second at-bat back from a strained calf. It was the third time in Yankees history that they hit four home runs in an inning. Sabathia, meanwhile, made short work of the Red Sox unfamliar lineup. Daniel Nava homered in the fourth inning, but Sabathia allowed just three other hits and struck out sevent through eight innings. The late surprise of the night: Brett Gardner was allowed to hit in the eighth, suggesting he could be a full player for the Yankees in the playoffs. The late feel-good moment of the night: Melky Mesa had an RBI single in his first Major League at-bat. He then grinned and laughed like he’d just had an RBI single in his first Major League at-bat.
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