BOSTON — Barely a month ago, the New York Yankees were just six games over .500. Now they head into the All-Star break with the best record in baseball and the biggest lead in any division.
To manager Joe Girardi, that’s quite an accomplishment.
“I’m proud of these guys because not only have we had injuries, we’ve had situations where things haven’t gone our way,” he said after New York’s 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.
“We struggled with some pitching early on and we struggled with runners in scoring position but the one thing that this group has found a way to do is to win games,” he said.
The Yankees have done that in five of their last six games and are 21-8 since going 31-25 through June 7. They’ve succeeded despite injuries to pitchers CC Sabathia, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera and outfielder Brett Gardner.
“In the beginning of the season we struggled,” said Andruw Jones, who hit his fourth homer in three games, a two-run shot in the seventh inning. “Everybody (was) kind of saying we’re old, we’re not getting the job done. … We kept battling and kept playing till we got in a groove.”
Ivan Nova (10-3) is back in his groove after striking out 10 in six innings while allowing two runs and six hits. He won for the first time in four starts after winning his previous five outings.
The Yankees took three of four at Fenway Park and boosted their record to 52-33 and their AL East lead to seven games over Baltimore.