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BOSTON -- When the New York Yankees last visited Fenway Park in early August, they were bidding farewell to Alex Rodriguez and their playoffs hopes appeared slim to none.One month later, a youth movement has brought them within four games of the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox and into another late-season showdown with their bitter rival.Boston hosts New York in the opener of a four-game weekend set Thursday night.I probably wouldve said this is where we should be, said New York manager Joe Girardi, who was touting his teams playoff chances even when they trailed by 6 1/2 games in the AL East on the last day of their August trip to Boston.I think we were extremely frustrated with where we were as of July 31, and I told you I expected this club to continue to compete at a high level and win, and thats what theyve done.New York (77-68) has gone 19-12 since taking the rubber match of their three-game set at Fenway Park on Aug. 11, and the Yankees are only two games out of the second AL wild-card spot.Theyve gone through about as much turnover as probably anyone, Red Sox manager John Farrell said. Theyve got good quality young players that theyve been able to turn to that have certainly injected a lot of life into that club.Gary Sanchez has been at the forefront of the Yankees comeback. The 23-year-old hit his first career homer during the August series at Fenway and has launched 13 more since.New York and Boston have played their fair share of meaningful autumn games at Fenway over the years, but this series represents a new chapter in the rivalry.Still, Girardi doesnt anticipate too many hiccups from his youngsters.It could be interesting, Girardi said. Everything so far theyve handled. Are there some tricky things in that ballpark? Yes, but that can affect anyone, so if something happens, Im not going to be surprised. But my expectation is theyll handle it well.As well as they have played of late, the Yankees are limping into Boston after dropping three of their past four games, including a 2-0 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.Fortunately for them, the Red Sox (81-64) havent been playing their best baseball either. Boston routed the Baltimore Orioles 12-2 in the opener of a three-game set Monday, but fell 6-3 Tuesday and were blanked 1-0 in the rubber game Wednesday.The Red Sox turn to young southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez (2-7, 4.70 ERA) in Thursdays opener.Rodriguez has been outstanding in limited action against the Yankees this season, going 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in two starts against them.He faced them in the Aug. 11 contest and gave up a run on three hits and a walk while striking out six in a seven-inning no-decision.Rodriguez is 4-1 with a 1.88 ERA in six career starts against New York.Jacoby Ellsbury is batting .294 (5-for-17) with two solo homers off Rodriguez, and Didi Gregorius has hit .353 (6-for-17) with an RBI against him.Masahiro Tanaka (13-4, 3.04 ERA) counters Rodriguez for the Yankees. He has pitched well in two starts against Boston this season, going 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA.Tanaka is 5-2 with a 4.42 ERA in nine career starts against the Red Sox.David Ortiz (5-for-21, .238) and Xander Bogaerts (6-for-25, .240) each have one homer and three RBI off Tanaka. Dustin Pedroia is batting .316 (6-for-19) with a solo homer against him. Jordan 11 Win Like 82 Release .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. Jordan 11 Midnight Navy For Sale . LeBron James and Chris Bosh didnt need any more. Williams scored 11 points in 10 minutes, Alan Anderson scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets finished the exhibition season with a 108-87 win over the Miami Heat on Friday night. http://www.jordan11midnightnavy2018.com/ . -- Charline Labonte couldnt have asked for a better homecoming. Jordan 11 Win Like 82 Pre Order . The Celtics closed out their first preseason under Stevens on Wednesday night with a 101-97 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, who rested a lot of their lineup including former Celtics Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Jordan 11 Midnight Navy Release Date . -- There were so many positives from the Orlando Magics first victory of the season that it was hard for coach Jacque Vaughn to stop praising his players. CLEVELAND -- Robert Griffin III returned from injury but couldnt keep Cleveland from falling closer to infamy as the Cincinnati Bengals built a big early lead and held off the winless Browns 23-10 on Sunday in the snow.Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Eifert as the Bengals (5-7-1) kept their playoff chances pulsating for another week.Griffin started for the first time since getting hurt in the opener. He couldnt produce a win for the Browns (0-13).RG3 did score on a 1-yard sneak in the third quarter, but the Browns lost their 16th straight dating to Dec. 13 last season. Cleveland has lost 23 of 24 and 31 of 34 since the end of 2014.The Browns have three games left to avoid joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the NFLs only 0-16 teams.Griffin finished 12 of 28 for 104 yards. Isaiah Crowell was a bright spot for Cleveland, rushing for 113 yards on 10 carries.Dalton, who has had some of his best games against Cleveland, connected twice in the first half with Eifert as the Bengals bullied the NFLs worst team for 30 minutes.The Browns battled back in the second half, getting within 10 in the fourth period before Cincinnatis Mike Nugent kicked a 44-yard field goal with 8:38 left.Cincinnati has some work to do and needs plenty of help to make the postseason for the sixth straight year. The Bengals entered Sunday 2 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh and Baltimore in the AFC North, and another loss would finish off them.For the Browns, the 2016 season cant end soon enough.The Browns had another moment to symbolize their lost season when their Brownie The Elf mascot slipped on the sideline and fell while trying to retrieve a ball that bounced out of bounds following a punt.Even without star wide receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals sucked the life out of the Browns and any strong-stomached Cleveland fans willing to brave the cold in this calamitous season by scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter.Cincinnati took the opening kickoff and drove 73 yards as Dalton conneected with Eifert for a 14-yard TD.dddddddddddd After the Browns punted, Jeremy Hills 1-yard plunge capped Cincinnatis second possession to make it 13-0 -- Nugents extra point was blocked -- and it became very clear the Bengals had not overlooked the Browns, who were coming off their bye week and were as healthy as theyve been all season.Daltons second TD to Eifert, a 5-yard pass on third down, put the Bengals up 20-0.Meanwhile, the Browns did little right. They committed two penalties on their first series and Griffin forced a deep pass on a flea-flicker into triple coverage that was picked off.He finished the opening half with a 0.00 passer rating -- another row of zeroes for the Browns.DUBIOUS COMPANYThe Browns are making history with every loss. They are the seventh team since 1962 to start 0-13, joining the 08 Lions, 1980 Saints, 1976 Buccaneers, 2011 Colts, 2007 Dolphins and 1962 Raiders.NUGENTS AIMNugents accuracy remains a major issue. The 11-year veteran missed another PAT, his sixth this season, in the first quarter.The snap appeared low and Nugent kicked the ball into the back of Cincinnatis line. The Browns recovered and made several laterals during an entertaining attempt at a failed 2-point defensive conversion.Nugent later missed a 36-yard field goal attempt and is 23 of 29.LONDON BOUNDThe Browns will play in London next season, the teams first visit to England since playing an exhibition game there in 1989.The NFL has increased its commitment to the United Kingdoms market and will have four games in London next season. Its not known yet if the Browns will be giving up a home game to make the trip.A league spokesman said an official announcement will be made Tuesday.UP NEXT:Bengals: Host Pittsburgh on Dec. 18Browns: At Buffalo on Dec. 18---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '