Yankees feel like different team for critical Blue Jays rematch

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The first part of the Yankees' agenda heading into their critical nine-game stretch that will define their season was to deal with the Red Sox.

Now, fresh off their sweep at Fenway Park, they'll head to Rogers Centre for the first time in more than two years to try to do the same to the Blue Jays as the teams battle — along with the Red Sox — for the two AL wild-card spots. After being on the outside looking in at times last week, the Yankees will enter Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays — the Yankees' first in Toronto since September 2019 due to COVID restrictions that limited travel to Canada — with a one-game lead over the Red Sox atop the AL wild-card standings and two games up on the Blue Jays.

"I think it's gonna be another playoff atmosphere,'' Aaron Judge said. "They took it to us back in New York and are fighting just like us for that playoff spot."

Judge was putting it mildly when describing what the Blue Jays did to the Yankees this month in The Bronx.

Toronto clobbered the Yankees in four straight games, outscoring the Yankees 25-8 and never trailing for even a single inning.

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