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. Sam Koch Jersey . Andrew Luck lost his favourite target and the Indianapolis locker room lost one of its most revered leaders when Reggie Wayne was diagnosed Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will cost him the rest of the season. Cheap Ravens Jerseys . Only three players drafted by NHL clubs were included on the Czech selection camp roster on Wednesday. Those players were Dallas Stars 2012 first-rounder Radek Faksa, Winnipeg Jets 2013 fourth-rounder Jan Kostalek and Phoenix Coyotes 2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. http://www.officialravensnflauthenticshop.com/joe-flacco-stitched-jersey/ . 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We spend a lot of time throwing routes, spend a lot of time going over coverages, spend a lot of time in two-minute drills, end of game situations. You hang our hat on weve done this before. Lets be confident when we get on the field.After using a late 2-point conversion to win the opener, stopping a late Tennessee drive in a Week 3 win and using a late score and defensive stop to beat Baltimore last week, the Raiders (4-1) survived against the Chargers (1-4) to post their first three-game winning streak in five years.That has put an Oakland team that hasnt made the playoffs since 2002 in a tie for first place in the AFC West with Denver.Its nice, but the road still goes through Denver, Carr said. They are Super Bowl champs, division champs. I will always pay respect to them because thats what theyve earned. We have earned absolutely nothing yet.The Chargers know just as well how small the difference can be from winning and losing -- only they seem to always be at the wrong end.San Diego had already lost three games it led at the two-minute warning, blowing a 21-point lead to Kansas City and a 13-point fourth-quarter advantage last week versus New Orleans.Then came the latest loss that was sealed when Drew Kaser couldnt hold the snap on a 36-yard field goal attempt that could have tied the game.Just when you think youve seen it all, something like that happens, coach Mike McCoy said.Here are some other takeaways from the game:BOSAS DEBUT: Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa madee an impressive debut after missing training camp during a nasty contract dispute and sitting out the first four games with a hamstring injury.dddddddddddd He came in on the second drive and had a sack and a tackle for loss in the first half. He added a second sack in the fourth quarter.It felt pretty natural, Bosa said. Its nice to get the butterflies out because I was pretty nervous coming into this game.VALUABLE FILL-IN: The Raiders signed Perry Riley Jr. on Tuesday and put the former Washington linebacker right into the mix. With Malcolm Smith hindered by a quadriceps injury, Riley got the start. He forced a fumble by Antonio Gates on the opening drive and finished with seven tackles.I knew when we got him what he was going to bring to the table, linebacker Bruce Irvin said. Tough, hard-nosed competitive guy who makes plays. He showed that on the first possession.ROUGH DAY: Kaser had tough day even before the botched hold. He punted just once and shanked that attempt for just 16 yards. Oakland took over on the 32 and drove for a TD that made it 34-31.COOPER SCORES: Raiders receiver Amari Cooper hadnt scored a touchdown in four games before breaking through against the Chargers. He scored on a 64-yard pass from Carr in the third quarter and added a 2-point conversion after Crabtrees TD. Cooper also nearly had three more scores, but couldnt get both feet down inbounds on two throws into the end zone and was unable to re-establish himself after being interfered with on a third play.First one is always the hardest, no matter what it is, Carr said. Im just happy for him because he works his tail off.DIVISION SHOWDOWNS: Both teams remain in the division next week with the Chargers hosting the Broncos on Thursday night and the Raiders hosting Kansas City on Sunday.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Jerseys NFL China Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys 2020 Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '