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Yanks ready for Bosox

TORONTO -- The Yankees gave us all the one-day-at-a-time stuff we could handle the last two days in Rogers Centre but that's how they're playing it. They won two against the Blue Jays and refused to look too far ahead to the four-gamer that opens Thursday against the Red Sox.

Us media types, of course, forced them to (what are we there for?) and you can read comments from Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter in Thursday's Buffalo News. The Yankees are 0-8 against the Sox this year -- their worst start to the season series since 1912 but they're not fazed by that. They shouldn't be. They're 2 1/2 games up in the AL East and, for once, the Sox are the team will all the steroid turmoil swirling. The Yankees are just playing winning baseball.

"You guys make a lot more about the 0-8 than we do," insisted first baseman Mark Teixeira. "We play 162 of these. They're all important. You just go out every day and try to play better."

85139397JM196_Boston_Red_So Asked after the win how the Yankee Stadium crowd will react to seeing the Red Sox, manager Joe Girardi said, "I imagine they'll be pretty fired up. I don't imagine there's gonna be any seats open. You wouldn't want it any other way."

For an added pregame boost, the Yankees will honoring Muhammed Ali, who won a famous 1976 decision over Ken Norton at the old stadium.

"I'm excited about that too," Girardi said. "Just as long as he doesn't chop a right hook."

---Mike Harrington

(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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