New York Yankees' Midseason Report Card (Part One)

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New York Yankees' Midseason Report Card (Part One)
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The Yankees entered the All-Star break at 51-37, a five-game improvement over a season ago. They trail the Boston Red Sox by three games in the American League East and lead the AL Wild Card standings by 2.5 games over the Texas Rangers.

Playing in the inaugural season at new Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers have lived up to their nickname with 132 homers, tied with the Rangers for best in baseball. Their 495 runs scored represents a Major League high.

The season has not been without its bumps, however.

The Yankees have improbably gone 0-8 against the arch-rival Boston Red Sox, and a sweep by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim heading into the break underscored the continued struggles against the AL's best teams.

But overall it was a successful first half for the Yankees, who are position to return to the postseason after being shutout for the first time since 1993 a season ago.

Click here to check out Part Two of the Midseason Report Card.

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