Yankees Rout Rival Red Sox Heading Into All-Star Break

By Maya Shwayder on July 9, 2012 12:35pm 

Pedro Ciriaco of the Boston Red Sox steals third as Jayson Nix of the New York Yankees is unable to field the throw in the seventh inning during the second game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park July 7, 2012.
Pedro Ciriaco of the Boston Red Sox steals third as Jayson Nix of the New York Yankees is unable to field the throw in the seventh inning during the second game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park July 7, 2012.
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BOSTON — The Yankees took three of four games against their rival Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park over the weekend — stretching their division lead to seven games heading into the All-Star break.

The Yankees, who take their MLB-best record of 52-33 into the midseason break, were powered in the series finale Sunday night by pitcher Ivan Nova, who struck out 10 en route to his 10th win of the season.

The Bronx Bombers' only loss against the Sox came in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, pushing their record to 5-1 against Boston this season.

All-Star Game festivities kick off Monday night in Kansas City with the annual Home Run Derby, featuring New York's own Robinson Cano, followed by the American League-National League matchup on Tuesday night.

Ivan Nova of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox while the sun sets over Fenway Park during their game on July 8, 2012.
Ivan Nova of the New York Yankees pitches against the Boston Red Sox while the sun sets over Fenway Park during their game on July 8, 2012.
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Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees during their game on July 8, 2012 at Fenway Park.
Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees during their game on July 8, 2012 at Fenway Park.
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