NEW YORK — Even when a pitcher tried to walk him on purpose, Gary Sanchez almost hit a home run.
That's how good things are going for the rookie — and his team, too.
Sanchez homered and nearly launched another as Tampa Bay messed up an intentional walk, leading the hard-charging Yankees to their season-best seventh straight win, 5-1 over the Rays on Saturday.
"The guys feel really good about themselves," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
No wonder, with how they're playing and moving up in the playoff race.
The Yankees closed within three games of AL East-leading Boston, their closest to the lead since mid-April. They began the day one game...