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Red Sox fans already in September panic mode?

As you may have noticed, the Yankees have won nine straight and have closed the gap between themselves and the AL East-leading Red Sox to 7 1/2 games.

Tonight, the Yanks begin a three-game series with the crosstown rival Mets at Yankee Stadium with none other than Roger Clemens on the mound, making his second start of the year. The first time out, the Rocket went six innings against the Pirates, giving up three runs but striking out seven. New York won that one in a breeze.

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The Red Sox, meanwhile, begin a weekend home series against Barry Bonds and the San Francisco Giants and you know how it is with that Boston crowd. It's never too early too panic. And understanding the history between New York and Boston, we are are not surprised to see Red Sox fans go to any length -- even, perhaps, summoning other worldly powers -- to ward off the scourge that is the Yankees.

We're not sure what these guys are doing (that's not really Jason Varitek, is it?) but maybe they're trying to channel the spirit of Teddy Ballgame, wherever his various parts may be. Thanks to the Deadspin blog for pointing it out.

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