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Can the Yanks hold on?

Brett Gardner's three-run homer gave the Yankees a big lead, but can they fend off a Red Sox rally in the late frames?

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Are the Astros for real? (1:52)

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2hDoug Kern

Kernels: Welcome to the show

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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Howell makes great tag (0:37)

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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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13hDan Szymborski

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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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

Boston Red Sox @RedSox

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

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

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

keithlaw @keithlaw

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

Brewers' Roenicke fired after 7-18 start

After taking the Brewers to the NLCS in his first season as Milwaukee's manager, Ron Roenicke's ball club had missed the postseason every year since. In four-plus seasons under Roenicke, the Brewers finished with a 342-331 regular season mark.

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Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

Third time this season Sox have sent 10 or more batters to plate in an inning, my ESPN stat folks tell me

Gordon Edes @GordonEdes

Esmil Rogers is summoned to quell Sox uprising. Two runs in, two runners on, all with two out

Things getting testy in Boston

Adam Warren hit Hanley Ramirez, and Ramirez took a second to shake it off while casting a glare Warren's direction. Once things calmed down, Pablo Sandoval singled to left to drive home David Ortiz, and the Yankees' lead is down to 8-2. Watch live