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Apr 26, 2015; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) hits an RBI double against the New York Mets during the second inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Yankees Key Players To Watch:
- Alex Rodriguez will be the player to watch not only for his recent play, but also for his potential history-making home run. As he sits on 659, his next homer will tie him with Willie Mays for fourth all-time. If he does it in Boston, will the fans cheer or boo him? Will some boos come from Yankee fans? The tension that he has created for the time he has been in pinstripes may be washed away with records being broken and games being won, but it could also be a sore-spot for some Yankee fans who remember their former greats who could hit home runs without scandals of supposed steroid use.
- First baseman Mark Teixeira is leading the team with 18 RBIs. However, in five of the last ten games, he has not recorded a run batted in. In his last four games, he has only had one hit. Is it because teams have figured out how to stop his onslaught from weeks earlier, or is it time that Teixeira comes out of his slump? When there’s talent, there’s always a chance.
- Right fielder Chris Young has made a name for himself, this season, with the Yankees. From 2006 to 2012, he spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, before playing a season with the Oakland Athletics. After a brief stint with the New York Mets, in 2014, he made his way across town to the Yankees. This season, he has 5 home runs and 11 RBIs, while hitting .305 with a .644 slugging percentage. With that kind of power added to a good-hitting eye for pitches, the Red Sox starters will have to be wary of this man.