When Aaron Boone reflects upon the Yankees’ recent surge, the manager points to a start that J.A. Happ made one day before the winning streak, identifying it as one of the most complete games that his club had played. They pitched, they hit, they fielded. For the most part, they haven’t stopped.
Happ kept the good times rolling on Saturday, delivering eight scoreless innings as the Yankees breezed to their 10th consecutive victory, an 8-0 blowout of the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The Yankees’ magic number to clinch a postseason spot is one, pending the outcome of the Mariners’ game against the Padres.
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New York has won all nine games against Boston this year, and 12 straight dating back to last season. That equals the Yankees’ longest-ever winning streaks against Boston; they defeated the Red Sox a dozen straight times in 1936, and again from August 1952 through April 1953, when Hall of Famer Ted Williams was flying combat missions in the Korean War.
Since opening the year with a pair of shaky outings, Happ has been among the Yankees’ best starters, aggressively trusting his fastball up in the zone while limiting hard contact. Happ held Boston to four hits, walking none and striking out nine.