Meanwhile, amid the NFL Draft, Kentucky Derby, Clippers-Spurs Game 7 and Mayweather-Pacquiao, something else of sporting note happened over the weekend.
The New York Yankees swept a three-game series from the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
The Yankees hadn’t swept a series of at least three games in Boston for nearly nine years, and they continue to defy conventional-wisdom predictions of doom for this season. They have won 10 of 12 and sit atop the American League East at 16-9.
New York’s bullpen ranks second in the AL with a 1.64 ERA, and Andrew Miller has looked just as dominant in his new role as a closer as he did while a setup man for the Orioles last season. Miller is 10-for-10 in save opportunities — he’d had only three save opportunities in his career before this year — and has yielded three hits and zero runs in 13 1/3 innings.
And one of the hitters the Yankees were counting on to rebound this season, Mark Teixeira, has done just that at age 35. His batting average may be just .202, but his on-base percentage is .327, and at .910, his OPS ranks 11th in the league. Teixeira has hit nine homers and driven in 20, a pace that would put him well over 50 home runs and 100 RBIs for the season.
That doesn’t mean the Yankees aren’t worried about the health of would-be ace Masahiro Tanaka, currently on the disabled list after starting the season pitching with a tear in his elbow. However, right now the team is three games up on the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays, and hardly anyone was expecting that’s how the standings would look in May.
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