The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3 to head into the three-day All-Star break with the best record in Major League Baseball.
Andruw Jones hit a two-run home run yesterday, a day after hitting three homers in a double-header in Boston, and Ivan Nova struck out 10 batters over six innings for the Yankees.
With their third win in the four-game series, the Yankees improve to a major league-best 52-33 at the All-Star break and hold a seven-game lead over the second-place Baltimore Orioles in the American League Eastern division. The Red Sox fell into a tie for last place in the AL East with Toronto at 43-43.
Baseball’s 83rd All-Star Game is scheduled for tomorrow at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City. The Yankees’ Robinson Cano will lead the AL team in tonight’s All-Star Home Run Derby.
The Texas Rangers, the two-time defending AL champions, have baseball’s second-best record at the break at 52-34 after defeating the Minnesota Twins 4-3 in 13 innings yesterday. The Rangers have a four-game lead in the AL West over the Los Angeles Angels, who are 42-24 since a 6-14 start.
The Chicago White Sox are in first place in the AL Central at 47-38, three games ahead of the Cleveland Indians and 3 1/2 games in front of the Detroit Tigers.
The Washington Nationals, who haven’t been to the postseason since moving from Montreal in 2005, lead the National League with a 49-34 record at the All-Star break and have a four-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
The second-best record in the NL belongs to the 48-37 Pittsburgh Pirates, who were last in the playoffs in 1992. The Pirates are one game ahead of the second-place Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central division.
The Los Angeles Dodgers (47-40) are one game ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.
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