With Aaron Boone blistering an overmatched umpire’s ears in the first of two games on Thursday against the Rays at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees won.With the manager relaxed and looking like he was hanging out at Newport Beach in California, the Yankees copped the nightcap.

So, the Yankees proved they can win with Boone turning into Billy Martin or showing the calmness that made Joe Torre a Hall of Famer.

The biggest thing to come out of a very long day — in which the first game was delayed for almost 1 ¹/₂ hours because of expected rain that never arrived — was that the Yankees won, 6-2 and 5-1 in front 40,504 to push their AL East lead over the Rays to eight games.

How much Boone scalding Triple-A umpire Brennan Miller with profanity played a part in the sweep is questionable because there were a bevy of players who had a hand in the Yankees taking three of four from their closest competitor.

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