NEW YORK - With drama and flair, the New York Yankees completed another August sweep of the Boston Red Sox and moved into prime position for a September playoff run.
There was a week's worth of highlights during the Yankees' 5-0 victory Thursday: a no-hit bid by Chien-Ming Wang into the seventh inning, a pair of big home runs by Robinson Cano off Curt Schilling, a disputed play involving Alex Rodriguez that led to the ejection of Boston manager Terry Francona.
And then in the ninth, Yankees rookie sensation Joba Chamberlain was tossed following a pair of pitches over Kevin Youkilis' head.
It's not even Labor Day, and already there was late-season passion between these old foes.
'If that young man is trying to get our attention, he did a very good job,' Francona said.
Edwar Ramirez, another rookie, completed a two-hitter and the Yankees' first shutout of Boston since Sept. 11, 2005. Following a 2-5 trip to Los Angeles and Detroit, New York rebounded quickly.
'We need wins. I'd tell you the same thing if we just beat a high school team three games in a row,' said Derek Jeter, who went 4-for-4. 'Now we have to play well against Tampa. Otherwise these games don't mean anything.'
Last year, the Yankees swept a five-game series at Boston from Aug. 18-21, opening a 6 1/2 -game lead in the AL East.
It's so different this season. The Yankees, who outscored the Red Sox 14-6 in the three games and outhit them 30-13, closed within five games of the division leaders.
'If we play well enough, we'll be where we want to be,' Jeter said.
Chamberlain's ejection left bad feelings all around. Throwing 98-99 mph, he pumped a pitch over Youkilis' head with one out in the ninth. The next pitch went to nearly the same spot, and Youkilis stared as plate umpire Angel Hernandez ejected the pitcher.
Putting his changeup and slider on the corners, Wang (16-6) tied for the major-league lead in wins and improved to 13-2 since June 1.
Francona was ejected in the seventh after umpires ruled Youkilis out for running out of the base path to elude a tag by Rodriguez on J.D. Drew's sharp grounder to third with two on. After Youkilis veered onto the infield grass, A-Rod threw to first for one out as Cousins, the second-base ump, signaled safe while third-base ump Mark Carlson called Youkilis out.