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And on Sunday, they get to do it again.
Jason Giambi's go-ahead double in the seventh inning lifted the Yankees to a 7-5 win Saturday night that lowered to four the magic number for New York's ninth straight AL East title. The Yankees (90-57) and Boston will play another split doubleheader Sunday -- making it four games in a span of about 36 hours.
"I'm just beat up, tired right now," Giambi said.
New York maintained a season-high 11½-game lead over the second-place Red Sox, who dropped eight games back of Minnesota in the wild-card race. With a sweep Sunday and a loss by third-place Blue Jays, the Yankees would clinch the division before they head to Toronto early Monday for the start of a road trip.
"I think I'm going to focus right now on getting a few hours of sleep before I get here tomorrow," said Bernie Williams, who had a two-run double. "It's going to be a long day."
Jeter had hits in both games to extend his hitting streak to 25 games, the longest for the Yankees since Joe Gordon's 29-game string in 1942. Jeter went 2-for-10 and his average dropped to .343, one point below AL leader Joe Mauer of Minnesota.
"We've got two weeks left. I'm not even thinking about that," Jeter said.
Giambi put the Yankees ahead 6-5 in the seventh with an opposite-field double to left off Craig Breslow (0-2), a drive just over the outstretched glove of Wily Mo Pena, who strained his right quadriceps on the play.
Randy Johnson allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, striking out six, and Scott Proctor (6-4) got out of a first-and-third, one-out jam in the seventh by striking out Jason Varitek and pinch-hitter Trot Nixon. Kyle Farnsworth pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Alex Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis hit RBI doubles in the third, and Gonzalez made it 3-1 with a run-scoring single in the fourth, but Williams' two-run double off starter Julian Tavarez tied it in the bottom half.
Coco Crisp struck out in his first three at-bats against Johnson, hacking at sliders, before doubling off the left-field foul line on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth. The Yankees came right back in the bottom half on pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui's sacrifice fly off Craig Hansen and Melky Cabrera's run-scoring single.
Torre didn't want to think about clinching Sunday.
"That's too far in advance for me," he said.
|Derek Jeter extends his hitting streak to 25 games -- the longest Yankees hit streak since 1942. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Coco Crisp, CF||5||0||2||2||0||3||3||.267|
|Mark Loretta, DH||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.294|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||4||0||1||1||1||0||0||.282|
|Wily Mo Pena, LF||5||0||2||0||0||1||2||.307|
|David Murphy, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.284|
|Jason Varitek, C||4||2||1||0||1||2||3||.245|
|Gabe Kapler, RF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.255|
|a- Trot Nixon, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.279|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||2||1||1||0||2||0||0||.137|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||1||2||2||0||1||3||.257|
|a-struck out for Kapler in the 7th|
|2B - Coco Crisp 2 (22, R. Johnson, Proctor), Kevin Youkilis (40, R. Johnson), Dustin Pedroia (2, R. Johnson), Alex Gonzalez (21, R. Johnson)|
|RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (36), Kevin Youkilis (69), Alex Gonzalez 2 (45)|
|2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (19), Kevin Youkilis (32), Alex Gonzalez (12)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Pedroia, Youkilis-A. Gonzalez|
|E - Wily Mo Pena (2, )|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Craig Hansen (BS,1)||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||6.06|
|Craig Breslow (L,0-2)||0.1||1||2||2||1||0||0||4.66|
|HBP - Williams (by Craig Hansen)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Julian Tavarez 90-46, Craig Hansen 17-9, Craig Breslow 16-9, Manny Delcarmen 25-19|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Julian Tavarez 8-4, Craig Hansen 1-2, Manny Delcarmen 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Julian Tavarez 24, Craig Hansen 5, Craig Breslow 3, Manny Delcarmen 6|
|New York Yankees|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||4||0||3||1||1||0||0||.288|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||5||.343|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.292|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||3||1||1||1||1||0||2||.288|
|Jason Giambi, DH||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.252|
|Kevin Thompson, PR-DH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.292|
|Jorge Posada, C||3||2||3||1||1||0||0||.280|
|Bernie Williams, CF||3||1||1||2||0||0||2||.281|
|Aaron Guiel, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.232|
|Andy Phillips, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.242|
|Miguel Cairo, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.230|
|a- Hideki Matsui, PH||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.280|
|Nick Green, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.198|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Cairo in the 6th|
|2B - Jason Giambi (24, Breslow), Jorge Posada 2 (24, Tavarez, Tavarez), Bernie Williams (27, Tavarez)|
|SF - Hideki Matsui (1)|
|RBI - Melky Cabrera (46), Alex Rodriguez (113), Jason Giambi (109), Jorge Posada (81), Bernie Williams 2 (58), Hideki Matsui (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (20), Alex Rodriguez (40)|
|SB - Melky Cabrera (12, 2nd base off Hansen/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|New York Yankees|
|Scott Proctor (W,6-4)||2||2||0||0||0||3||0||3.61|
|Kyle Farnsworth (S,5)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||4.28|
|Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 112-72, Brian Bruney 7-3, Scott Proctor 26-19, Kyle Farnsworth 14-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 3-8, Scott Proctor 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 28, Brian Bruney 2, Scott Proctor 8, Kyle Farnsworth 4|
|Attendance - 55167|
|Game Time - 3:39|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Jerry Crawford|