Thursday, September 15, 2016

SNY: Yankees, Red Sox rivalry matters once again

The best sports rivalries are fueled by historically significant moments between two teams consistently battling for superiority, striving to win a championship.

Year in and year out, the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox set out to win a World Series title, but since 2012, one club or both has been well out of the playoff race in September, diminishing the strength of the rivalry to nothing more than a history lesson.

The competition is getting a boost this season. For the first time since 2011, the Yankees and Red Sox will play a meaningful series with playoff implications in mid-September. The clubs have reached their current positions in the standings from different directions, but both organizations have carved out a future which could lead to a full-fledged rejuvenation of the rivalry.

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