A colleague of mine and I agreed on Friday that this was the most important series of the Yankee season. The Bombers had clawed their way to within one game of a Wild Card berth and they were taking their hot play into Fenway, to face the first place Red Sox, a team that has owned just about the entire American League in 2013. Two of three wins were essential, we agreed. We meant two of three wins for the Yankees. That’s not how things have turned out. The Yankee beatings at the hands of the Red Sox have continued, while Tampa Bay has righted the ship against the Twins. The Yankees now sit three games out of the playoffs, with time moving against them. There are must wins, and then there are must wins, the ones that aren’t vapid comments but true difference making games. This is the later. The Yankees can’t afford to fall much more than three games behind the Rays at this point in the season. Ivan Nova takes the mound for the Yankees. The BoSox counter with Clay Buchholz. Use this as your game thread. Enjoy!