The Red Sox paid tribute to a respected opponent on Sunday night, honoring Mariano Rivera before their game against the Yankees. Then they made sure that New York’s closer didn’t get to pitch.
The season-long celebration continued at Fenway Park as the Sox routed the Yankees, 9-2, to sweep the three-game series.
Mike Napoli hit a mammoth home run in the first inning and Daniel Nava had four hits for the Sox. With Tampa Bay losing at Minnesota, the Sox now have a 9½-game lead in the American League East. Their magic number to clinch the division is down to four.
With six games left on their homestand, champagne will soon be readied. The Sox have won 10 of their last 12 games and are running away from the Rays and the rest of the division. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.