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5 key dates for Yankees in the second half

American League All-Star Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the

American League All-Star Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox hits a home run in the fourth inning of the 82nd MLB All-Star Game at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. (July 12, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

July 14-17 at Toronto: The Yankees were on a roll heading into the All-Star break, so they can’t afford to take their feet off the pedal now. Toronto may be 11 games out of first in the AL East, but they’re dangerous because of slugger Jose Bautista, who leads the majors with 31 home runs.

Aug. 5-7 at Boston: This will be the Yankees’ first chance to change their luck against the Red Sox, who are 8-1 against the Yanks so far.

Aug. 16-21 at Kansas City & Minnesota: This has all the makings of a letdown road trip for the Yanks. Kansas City (37-54) is dead last in the AL Central and the Twins are 6.5 games out of first.

Sept. 9-14 at Los Angeles and Seattle: They’ve proven they can take care of business at home, going 30-19 at the Stadium. But they’ll have to prove they can get the job done during their six-game West Coast trip against the Angels and Mariners.

Sept. 20-28 at Tampa, at Boston, home vs. Rays: The Yankees close out the season with nine straight games against the Rays and Red Sox. If they falter against either club, they’ll be in trouble.


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