The Yankees came into this past weekend's series with the Red Sox with more than a few questions in their rotation and the Red Sox arrived in the Bronx on a hot streak and only 3 1/2 games behind the Bombers. With this series now over, the Yankees picked up a game to up their AL East lead to 4.5 with two weeks left in the regular season and some confidence in their starters.

Game one of the series came down to the 9th inning, where Mariano Rivera failed to close the game and the Red Sox eked out a 3-2 win. Rivera's performance Friday, was very un-Rivera like, and was his 4th blown save of the season. Saturday afternoon, Jon Lieber nearly no-hit the Red Sox as the Yankees rolled 14-4. Derek Lowe was horrendous, giving up seven runs in less than two innings of work. Lieber didn't give up his first hit until David Ortiz's home run in the 7th inning. Mike Mussina, not to be outdone, was also lights during his start on Sunday. In his 7 innings on the mound, Mussina only allowed 1 run and 7 hits. Pedro Martinez was hit by the Yankees, and hit often, continuing his team's losing ways against the Yankees when he pitches. After yesterday's performance, the Red Sox are a mere 11-18, including the playoffs, with Pedro on the mound.

The two teams meet again Friday in Boston. The Yankees remaining schedule calls for 6 games against the Blue Jays, 1 against the Devil Rays, 3 in Boston, and 3 against the Twins. The Red Sox have 8 versus the Orioles, 3 against the "Evil Empire", and 3 at the Devil Rays.