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It feels like it's been a long time since the Ryan Dempster-Alex Rodriguez beanball incident took place. In reality it's been less than 3 weeks, but as almost everybody hypothesized right after that fateful game on August 18th, the Yankees have used that moment and that game as a rallying point. They've picked up 18 wins in the 26 games since and have been slowly marching their way towards the front of the Wild Card line. This weekend's series is indescribably important as it starts an 11-game stretch away from the dregs of the American League and against tough AL East competition. The Yanks need to go at least 7-4 to stay within striking distance of the Rays and keep their playoff hopes alive.
They also have a little score to settle with their rivals from that 8/18 game, a score they didn't get the chance to settle when Brian O'Nora went quick trigger with the bench warnings.