1. Top of the division. This week brings an opportunity to see one of baseball’s top contenders trying to catch up with the first-place Boston Red Sox on the back half of the schedule. Since holding a two-game lead in the American League East on June 21, the Yankees are just 9-8 while the Red Sox have surged to seven straight victories. After Monday’s doubleheader split, the Yankees will be looking to capitalize on this soft spot in the schedule before having to travel to face the first-place Cleveland Indians next.