Streak keyed Yankees' Interleague dominance

Streak keyed Yankees' Interleague dominance

NEW YORK -- The Yankees clinched a victory in their season series against the Mets with Saturday's 4-3 win at Citi Field, but their dominance of the National League stretched across the entirety of Interleague Play.

Entering Sunday's Interleague season finale, the Yankees were 12-5 this season against the NL. They had played their previous 14 games against NL clubs, going 11-3 in that stretch, including a 10-game winning streak that was their longest since 2005. The Yankees are 25-10 in Interleague Play over the past two seasons, and they entered this year with a 157-109 Interleague record -- the best of any team since the format's inception in 1997.

"I think it's us being a talented team," manager Joe Girardi said. "We've been a good team over the years since Interleague started, and I think that's why our club has a successful record."

Girardi believes the Subway Series should always feature an odd number of games, so there is a clear winner. The New York teams met six times this season, and the Yankees took four of the first five games, ensuring a season victory.

Girardi also believes that American League teams are at an advantage in their home parks because they build their lineups with a designated hitter in mind. He used the DH as an opportunity to rest everyday players in his one season managing the NL's Marlins, asking starters to step into a role they were not used to.

"The one year I managed the Marlins, I used it as a chance to rest a Miguel Cabrera and DH him for a day, to rest a Hanley Ramirez," Girardi said. "It wasn't someone who was used to doing it. I think that's what National League clubs have to deal with."