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Photo: Yankees celebrate 'whupping' of Red Sox, AL East race

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Can you blame him? After serving up five home runs to the Yankees on Sunday — including two to Hideki Matsui(notes) and one to Robinson Cano(notes) (above) — Boston's Josh Beckett(notes) had trouble providing a lengthy explanation of the not-so-fine mess he left at Fenway.

"These are humbling deals," Beckett said after the 8-4 loss. "That was a whupping I got today. That's the only words I've got to sum it up."

Actually, Beckett's abbreviated honesty would have worked for most pitchers who appeared in this weekend's series, which saw the Yankees take two of three to extend their AL East lead to 7.5 games. Boston and New York combined to score 58 runs — a good month's output for the Padres, really — and only Junichi Tazawa(notes) and CC Sabathia(notes) were able to escape serious carnage during their scheduled starts.

At any rate, now that New York's offense has taken our hopes for a memorable three-way race in the AL East and blown them to smithereens, here's hoping that the Yankees pitching — and Boston's rotation, if it nabs the wild card — can tighten things up for the playoffs.

After all, we all love postseason baseball, but if they score runs at this rate in October, each game is going to take a minimum of seven hours.

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