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Aaron Boone Talks Yankees vs. Red Sox Rivalry, Calls Boston 'Great Team'

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 8, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Manager Aaron Boone #17 of the New York Yankees watches his team from the dugout in an MLB baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on April 24, 2018 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankees won 8-3. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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With the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees renewing their rivalry on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, manager Aaron Boone spoke about the early success both teams have had this season. 

Per TMZ Sports, the Yankees' skipper praised the Red Sox. 

"It's always big when these two teams get together," Boone said. "They're a great team. We think we have a good team. So it's fun to be a part of." 

The Red Sox (25-9) and Yankees (24-10) own the two best records in Major League Baseball entering Tuesday's matchup. Boston won the first series meeting between these two teams, taking two of three games at Fenway Park from April 10-12. 

That series also featured a benches-clearing brawl when Tyler Austin charged the mound after being hit by a Joe Kelly fastball in the seventh inning of the final game. It was prompted when Austin slid into second base and appeared to catch Brock Holt with his spikes. 

Kelly and Austin were both suspended for their roles in the altercation, while CC Sabathia, Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia were fined. Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin also received fines. 

The Red Sox will look to halt New York's momentum in this series. The Yankees have won 15 of their past 16 games after a 9-9 start. 

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