Yankees feeling urgency to win every series as they take on Red Sox

August 16, 2013 - 2:50 pm
Amidst the Alex Rodriguez hoopla in a cramped visiting clubhouse overflowing with reporters at Fenway Park, the New York Yankees prepared to open a pivotal three-game set with the Boston Red Sox. Sitting only four games over the .500 mark, the Yankees have 42 games remaining to make a bid for the postseason. New York trails the first place-Sox by eight-and-a-half games, with another six games sitting between the NYY and the final Wild Card. The goal for the Yankees, beyond dodging questions about their disgraced superstar at third base, is winning each series. '€œWe'€™ve got some work to do,'€ said Vernon Wells, tonight'€™s DH for the Yanks, '€œbut we'€™re well aware of that. Our goal going into each series is to go in and win the series, and this is a big one right here.'€ Phil Hughes, who took the loss for the Bronx Bombers last night against the Angels, admitted the team has not allowed itself much room for error down the stretch. '€œObviously we know we need to win as many games as we can throughout the rest of the season,'€ said Hughes. '€œEvery game is important and there'€™s playoff-type implications right now, so we just to have go out with that mentality and win every game.'€ Hughes agreed with Wells'€™ assessment that winning each series is critical. '€œWe can'€™t afford to lose any series from this point on,'€ confirmed Hughes, '€œso that'€™s the goal right now: win today and see what happens. Personally, I need to finish off as strong as I can. This year hasn'€™t been great for me, but these last six weeks are going to control a lot. Hopefully I will finish the season strong.'€ Longtime members of the American League East, both Wells and Hughes fully comprehend the intensity and pressure of playing at Fenway Park. '€œIt'€™s always a great atmosphere when we come here,'€ said Hughes, whose 4-12 record and 4.97 earned run average expose his struggles on the mound this season. '€œThe city'€™s great, and the fans are great '€“ they'€™re really into the game. When you talk about the playoffs and you talk about Fenway Park, the two go hand-in-hand.'€ '€œIt'€™s a fun place to play,'€ echoed Wells. '€œBeing in this environment, wearing this uniform, this late in the season, the atmosphere is only going to be amplified, so we'€™re all looking forward to it.'€