BOSTON — Just when it seemed the Yankees had caught up or perhaps even passed the current Red Sox, in terms of young star power, 23-year Andrew Benintendi goes all Ted Williams the last couple of weeks, while 20-year Rafael Devers comes up from the minors and hits everything in sight.
Together the two of them have made the Red Sox practically unbeatable lately — 12-2 over their last 14 games.
So you wonder if the Yankees have still another counter-move that swings the momentum of the AL East race in their favor again.
Could it be Greg Bird, who is swinging the bat better now in Triple-A and finally may be past the foot/ankle problem that wrecked his season? Maybe it will be Clint Frazier coming off the disabled list from that oblique injury to do damage again with those lightning-quick hands.
Certainly if Gleyber Torres hadn’t needed elbow surgery after that doomed slide at the plate a month ago, he’d be here by now, probably playing third base rather than Todd Frazier.
The point is that the young talent keeps coming on both sides, setting up what could be another golden age this famed rivalry.