Yankees vs. Red Sox: a Look Back at This AL East Rivalry

When do the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Play Next?

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Are the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees Rivals?

Yes, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have potentially the oldest and most heated rivalry in all of Major League Baseball. The Red Sox and Yankees are division rivals, both competing in the American League East. The winner of the AL East gets an automatic berth into the MLB Playoffs.

Who are the Boston Red Sox’ Biggest Rivals?

The Red Sox have rivalries against their AL East divisional opponents: the Tampa Bay Rays, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Baltimore Orioles, and most especially, the New York Yankees. All five teams have won the AL East at least once between 2014 and 2021. The Red Sox won the division three straight times from 2016–2018.

Who are the New York Yankees’ Biggest Rivals?

The Yankees have both local and divisional rivals. Their rivals in the AL East are the Boston Red Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays. They also play in the Subway Series, a crosstown rival against National League opponent the New York Mets.

Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees Series History

The Yankees and Red Sox rivalry is among the most bitter and heated in all of professional sports. It dates back all the way to the 1920s and the “Curse of the Bambino” when hall-of-famer Babe Ruth was sold to the Yankees from the Red Sox for less than $1 million. This led to a run of pennants and titles for the Yankees while the Red Sox would go on to have one of the worst stretches in baseball history, not winning a World Series title for 86 years between 1918 and 2004.

Between 1901 and 2021, the Yankees and Red Sox have squared off 2,308 times with New York coming out ahead with 1,248 wins to Boston’s 1,047 (with 14 ties). They’ve also met 24 times in the postseason with an even 12–12 split. The Red Sox have the longest win streak at 17 games between 1911 and 1912, and the Yankees have the most lopsided victory, a 22–1 game played in 2000.

Red Sox vs. Yankees Playoff History

The Red Sox and Yankees have squared off in five series in postseason history. Despite a 12–12 split, the Yankees won the first two series, and Boston has won the previous three. Most famously, Boston won the 2004 AL Championship Series on the way to their first World Series title in 84 years in dramatic fashion.

The Red Sox went down in the 2004 ALCS 3–0, including a walloping in game three, 19–8. But after a dramatic comeback in game 4 to the defending World Series champion Yankees, who beat the Red Sox in the ALCS the year prior, the Red Sox made history, becoming the first team to win four straight games in a postseason series after going down 3–0 to beat the Yankees and advance to the World Series.

In 2021, drama again unfolded when the Yankees and Red Sox collided in the American League Wild Card Series. The Red Sox bested the Yankees 6–2 and eliminated their rival from postseason play.

Where do the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees Play?

The New York Yankees play at Yankee Stadium located in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. The new Yankee Stadium was finished and opened in 2009, and as of 2022 is the third-largest stadium in Major League Baseball.

The Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park located near Kenmore Square. Fenway Park is most known for the colossal wall in left field, dubbed “the Green Monster.” The park is the oldest active ballpark in Major League Baseball.

Other MLB Rivalries

American LeagueNational LeagueInterleague
Boston Red Sox vs. New York YankeesChicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee BrewersBaltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay RaysChicago Cubs vs. St. Louis CardinalsLos Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee TwinsLos Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco GiantsNew York Mets vs. New York Yankees
Houston Astros vs. Texas RangersNew York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves vs. New York Mets

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