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Greetings from Gate A-3

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 6, 2010 07:42 AM

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Good morning from Logan, where we're waiting on a flight to New York and the first day of a 10-day road trip that will include stops in Toronto and Texas.

It has been a while 12 days shy of three months since the Sox played the Yankees. The next four days should be fun.

In New York, the series is being portrayed as a chance for the Yankees to kill off the Sox and that's not inaccurate. The Sox need to gain some ground and that will be difficult over four days. But as Brian Cashman told the Post, the Yankees aren't taking anything for granted.

"They are an extremely talented team who has been hit with a lot of injuries," Cashman said."But they are dangerous. They were dangerous when they were healthy and they are still dangerous. They compete and play hard, and Terry Francona has done a masterful job."

Cashman is not alone in thinking that. Across baseball, many people think Theo Epstein and Francona have done their best work this season. Given their injuries, it's somewhat of a miracle the Red Sox are within striking distance.

The other interesting aspect of this weekend will be to see what if any roster moves the Sox make. They could use a first baseman to platoon with Mike Lowell and it's painfully evident that keeping Hideki Okajima around much longer is an impediment to winning.

He entered a 6-1 game last night and pitched so poorly that Jonathan Papelbon had to be called in to clean up the mess. That could well mean Papelbon is limited to two appearances against the Yankees, not three. It was an unnecessary and potentially costly appearance by the closer.

If a reliever isn't capable of mopping up a 6-1 game against a team like Cleveland, what is the point?

Meanwhile, it's baby time in the rivalry. Jon Lester welcomed a son last weekend. Clay Buchholz and his wife had a baby girl a few days ago and yesterday CC Sabathia and his wife had their fourth child.

Check later for more from New York.

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