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Tex's early blast powers Yankees' sweep

Mark Teixeira's first-inning homer helped the Yankees pull off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox in Fenway Park.

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This was a week in which players made their names known, either with notable debuts or firsts. Here are the most statistically interesting ones.

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A not-so-rocky start for LeMahieu

In ESPN's Fight for Perfection issue, we we asked an NL scout to break down Rockies 2B DJ LeMahieu's hot start, then asked LeMahieu to respond.

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Projecting MVP, Cy Young and ROY winners

Dan Szymborski provides an updated look at MLB's MVP, Cy Young and rookie of the year race. ZiPs projects Mike Trout and Adrian Gonzalez to take home the top honors.

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All gloom since June for Brewers

Milwaukee was 51-33 through the end of June last season, the best record in the NL. But things went south for Ron Roenicke & Co. since then, with the Brewers going 38-65. The Rangers are the only MLB team with a worse record in that time.

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Yankees: sweep a series of 3 or more games at Fenway Park for the first time since August of 2006, hadn't done so in last 24 tries

Teixeira got Yankees on the board first

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira set the tone for New York early with this 2-run shot in the top of the 1st, helping give the Yankees enough cushion to hold off the Red Sox.

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Final: Yankees 8, Red Sox 5

New York got the ball to Andrew Miller, and though he was shaky, that was all she wrote in the end. Miller still hasn't given up an earned run in 10 saves this season, and the Yankees, who took an 8-0 run in the top of the 6th, held off the Red Sox. Box score

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Red Sox load the bases

Pedroia reached on a throw that pulled Mark Teixeira off the bag, and David Ortiz is up with the bases loaded and the Sox down 3 to the Yankees in the bottom of the 9th. Watch live

Tying run at the plate for the Red Sox

Andrew Miller has been practically unhittable in closing games for the Yankees this season, but he just walked Mookie Betts to bring Dustin Pedroia to the plate with a chance to tie things up in the bottom of the ninth. Watch live

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Hinojosa works out of a bases loaded jam, and Yankees lead 8-5 heading to the bottom of the 9th. Andrew Miller on the mound to face 7,8,9.

Red Sox get one more shot to avoid sweep

The Yankees haven't swept a series of at least 3 games at Fenway in more than 9 years, but they're a half-inning away. New York leads Boston 8-5 headed to the bottom of the 9th. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Ellsbury reaches yet again

Make it six times on the basepaths for Jacoby Ellsbury, who's reached on four hits, one HBP and one walk. The Yankees have the bases loaded in the top of the 9th and are up 8-5. Watch live

David Carpenter: Master of efficiency

After Justin Wilson struck out Pablo Sandoval, Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the switch to Carpenter, who promptly ended the eighth inning on just one pitch with a double-play. New York takes an 8-5 lead into the ninth. Watch live

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Yankees leaving in a left-hander to face the right-handed Hanley Ramirez to start the bottom of the eighth.

94 is the loneliest number for the Red Sox

Boston P Dalier Hinojosa has made his MLB debut in the bottom of the 8th with runners on the corners in a remarkable appearance for the Red Sox. Hinojosa wears No. 94, the highest jersey number in Boston history. And he struck out Alex Rodriguez, the first batter he faced. Watch live

Red Sox hit Ellsbury

Boston's Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth, and retaliation seemed likely. With Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate in the eighth, Red Sox P Edward Mujica plunked the former Red Sox star, who reached base for the fifth time as the Yankees lead 8-5. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Ellsbury's perfect night up in the air

After an uneventful seventh inning, Jacoby Ellsbury is back up for the Yankees in the top of the eighth. He's 4-for-4 on the night so far; can he make it 5-for-5? Watch live

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Firing Roenicke will look brilliant, b/c this isn't a .280 team and the next manager will get better results via regression to the mean.

Fired Roenicke surprised by timing

Ron Roenicke, who was fired by the Brewers Sunday night, told MLB. com: "I told [general manager] Doug [Melvin] I wished it would have happened a week ago. I would have understood it better then."

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Red Sox do damage with two outs

The Yankees were one out away from taking an 8-0 lead into the 7th inning, but the Red Sox sent 8 hitters to the plate on their last out of the 6th and scored 5 runs to pull within 8-5. Watch live on ESPN/WatchESPN