Three stars for Yankees during series win in Boston

08/04/2014 9:55 AM ET
By staff
With a thrilling win on Sunday night, the Yankees opened the month of August by taking two of three from their hated rivals in Boston. They moved to 57-53 on the season, and while they still trail the Baltimore Orioles by five games in the AL East, they have moved within 1.5 games of the Toronto Blue Jays for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. Here are the players who stood out the most in the Yankees' series win over the Red Sox.

Stephen Drew: 3 for 11 (.273), 2 2B, 5 RBI

Stephen Drew's first two games were relatively quiet. But given that the infielder was playing a new position for a new team, and thrust right into the middle of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, his four-RBI effort in Sunday's series-clinching win earns him inclusion on this list. It was Brett Gardner -- another red-hot Yankees hitter -- who launched the game-winning homer, but the Yankees would not have been in position to win the game without the steady effort of Drew.

After an 0 for 4 in his first game as a Yankee, Drew played a role in New York's 6-4 win on Saturday, going 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI to aid the cause. On Sunday, Drew was even better, ripping an RBI double in the fourth inning off Boston starter Clay Buchholz, before driving in a pair of runs an inning later with a clutch single, finishing with four RBI on the night.

In all, it was an auspicious Yankees debut for Drew, who handled the pressure of changing sides in the middle of baseball's most heated rivalry with an impressive calm.

Derek Jeter: 4 for 14 (.286), 1 HR, 3 RBI


The Yankees Captain has started to heat up. Despite the loss on Friday night, Jeter launched his third homer of the season on Friday night that pulled New York within one. Jeter backed that up with a 2 for 5 night with a pair of RBI in Saturday's win, with his RBI double proving to be the crucial blow for New York in the victory.

Sensing a critical juncture in his final season, Jeter has heated up of late. In addition to having a hit in the three straight games at Fenway, Jeter has now recorded a hit in eight of his last nine games, and is hitting .382 over that stretch. New York's shortstop is finding his form just as his team nees him the most, something he's made quite the habit of over his career.

Carlos Beltran: 6 for 12 (.500), 1 HR, 3 RBI

While Brett Gardner's heroics on Sunday had everyone talking about his strong play of late, it is Carlos Beltran who is swinging the hottest Yankees bat. Beltran has recorded two hits in a remarkable six straight games, adding a home run and 5 RBI to go with it over that stretch. Beltran has been besieged by injuries for much of the season, but is coming alive at just the right time for the Yankees, as they try to put themselves in position for a playoff push down the stretch. 

After a solo homer in Friday's opening loss in Boston, Beltran ripped a critical RBI single in the bounce back win on Saturday. He capped off his remarkable weekend with two hits, an RBI and a pair of runs scored in Sunday night's thrilling 8-7 win. In all, Beltran is riding a 10-game hitting streak, and will look to keep rolling when the Yankees open a critical four-game series against the Detroit Tigers and their vaunted pitching staff Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

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