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Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 5, Yankees 1: Two out of three ain't bad. It's also exactly what the Sox needed. For the second weekend in a row, the Red Sox managed to keep the second-place Yankees at arm's length by winning two of three games. Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in three runs, including a tone-setting two-run triple in the second inning against Yankees starter Sonny Gray. Rick Porcello tossed six solid innings for his fourth consecutive win.

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Judge strikes out in 37th consecutive game (0:15)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aaron Judge extends his newly-minted MLB single-season strikeout record to 37 consecutive games with at least one strikeout.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aroldis Chapman comes in to pitch in the 6th inning for the first time since September 23rd, 2011.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Now that Aaron Hicks is playing every day, it can be said that every AL East team has a superb defensive center fielder. Feel free to rank them: Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox), Hicks (Yankees), Adam Jones (Orioles), Kevin Pillar (Blue Jays) and, when healthy, Kevin Kiermaier (Rays).

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Girardi isn't considering moving Aaron Judge out of No. 3 spot in lineup. "He's going to stay there," Girardi said. "He's still dangerous. He's still getting on at a pretty high clip." Judge is 0-for-3 today, 1-for-11 in this series and 9-for-57 this season vs. Red Sox. He hasn't homered in 70 consecutive plate appearances vs. Boston.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Remy, honored at Fenway for 30 years as Red Sox broadcaster: "I am fully confident I will be back in that booth for Opening Day next year -- when the Red Sox lift another pennant." Remy begins chemotherapy tomorrow to treat relapse of lung cancer.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Pomeranz will throw a bullpen session Monday but is in line to make his scheduled start Wednesday night in Cleveland. Pomeranz left Friday night's game in the fourth inning because of back spasms. He has responded favorably to treatment over the past few days.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale: "Any time I give up two homers in a game it's not going to work out. I've got to be better than that." On the pitches that were hit by Tyler Austin and Todd Frazier: "One was a fastball, one was a slider, and I've never seen a good pitch go over the fence."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

CC Sabathia: "It's a big win for us and it's kind of a big loss for them because they need to win the games (Chris Sale) is out there."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Yankees 4, Red Sox 3: So much for Chris Sale being a Yankee slayer. One night after a crushing loss, the Yanks stared down the Red Sox ace and beat him. Tyler Austin and Todd Frazier homered, CC Sabathia came off the disabled list to toss six solid innings, and New York's bullpen held on for the win. The Red Sox put the tying run on base in the ninth inning, but it was erased when pinch-runner Brock Holt was caught stealing second.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Incluido el de esta noche, "Carita" ha jugado 5 partidos contra los Yankees, yéndose de 18-8 con 3 cuadrangulares y 6 carreras remolcadas.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Including tonight, "Carita" (Rafael Devers) has played 5 games against the Yankees, going 8-for-18 (.444) with 3 home runs and 6 RBI.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

According to Elias, Rafael Devers is the first player ever with as many as eight home runs in his first 20 major-league games before turning 21.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Rafael Devers has homered in three straight games vs. Yankees. Dare we say, that's David Ortiz-esque.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Todd Frazier has had an eventful night against friend and ex-teammate Chris Sale. Hit by a pitch on the left calf in the second inning, strikeout in the fourth and now a solo homer in the sixth. 4-2, Yankees. Only the fifth time in 25 starts that Sale has allowed more than three earned runs.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's what Mets minor-league manager Luis Rojas told me about Rafael Devers' baserunning after managing him in winter ball: "You see his body and he might not look very athletic, like a guy who's going to steal 10 bases in a season or even five. But he moves a lot better than what you think."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Aaron Judge sets a new MLB single-season strikeout record with 36 consecutive games with at least one strikeout.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Sale, who entered with 1.18 ERA in 13 career games vs. Yankees, gives up 3-run homer to Tyler Austin in the second inning. Yankees lead 3-0 behind CC Sabathia, making his return from disabled list after missing two starts with knee injury.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Red Sox starter Chris Sale needs nine strikeouts Saturday night against the Yankees, in what will be his 25th game of 2017, to reach 250 strikeouts this season. Two pitchers in major league history have had 250 strikeouts in 25 or fewer games: Randy Johnson in 1997 (25), 1999 (24), 2000 (25) and 2001 (23), and Pedro Martínez in 2000 (25). (Source: Elias Sports Bureau)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Esto es parte de lo que nos dijo el dirigente Joe Girardi sobre remover a Aroldis Chapman de su rol como cerrador de los Yankees: "Ha estado batallando durante los últimos 10 días, dos semanas. Y pienso que lo mejor que podemos hacer para que pueda retomar el buen camino es moverlo en su rol un poco hasta que le comience a ir bien de nuevo; una vez retome el buen camino como creo que sucederá, entonces hay una buena probabilidad de que lo pondré de nuevo en el rol de cerrador. Traté de explicarle lo importante que es él para nosotros. Y que creemos en él y que está pasando por un momento difícil y tenemos que ayudarlo a retomar el buen camino. Y así será. La ley de promedios nos dice que así será. Es un poco parecido a lo que sucede con un bateador cuando pasa por un mal momento en el plato. Con el tiempo las cosas regresan a su nivel. Creo que vendrá un buen momento para él, realmente creo en eso."

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Here is what Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about removing Aroldis Chapman from the closer role: "He's been scuffling for the last 10 days, two weeks. And I just thought for us to get him on track maybe the best way would be to move him around a little bit until he gets going and then when we get him going like I believe he will get going there's a good chance I'll put him right back in that closer's role. I tried to stress to him how important he is to us. And that we believe in him and he's just going through a hard time and we need to get him right. And he'll get right. The law of averages is he's going to get right. It's kind of like a hitter when they go through slumps. Over time it's going to even out. I think he's got a good run coming up, I really believe that."

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 9, Yankees 6: If the Red Sox wind up defending their AL East title, the Yankees will look back on this as the night it slipped away. Staked to a 6-3 lead in the seventh inning, New York's bullpen imploded. Boston scored four runs in the seventh, taking the lead on Mitch Moreland's two-run pinch single, and two more in the eighth against embattled Aroldis Chapman. And with Chris Sale scheduled to start Saturday night, the Red Sox's lead in the division is five games.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

The rematch between Rafael Devers and Aroldis Chapman goes to ... Devers again. Leadoff single on a 100.4 mph first-pitch fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Red Sox leading 7-6.