Time For The Yanks to Clinch The Al East.

william beovichContributor IAugust 21, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 18:  Derek Jeter #2 and Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Yankees celebrate after they beat the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Colisuem on August 18, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

When the Yankees played the Red Sox at the stadium a few weeks ago they had an opportunity to put some space between them and the 2nd place Red Sox.

This weekend however they have a chance to put an end to the division race and hurt their rivals wild card chances.

If the Yankees win the series, not even sweep just win 2 out of 3 it could be said that the red sox would be done in the division. Being behind 7.5 games or even 9.5 at this point in the season would all but assure the Yankees the division crown.

Looking at the pitching matchups you have to figure that once again the Yankees have the advantage just like they did when they were at home 2 weeks ago.

Pettitte vs Penny. Edge Yankees. Burnett vs Tazawa. Edge Yankees. Sabathia vs Beckett. I would like to say there is no edge but I will give a slight edge to Boston.

Both teams come in hot and know the importance of this series. For Boston it is do or die team for the division. While they could still lose this weekend and win the wild card a lost would all but assure they are done in the American League East.