For the second straight night, the Red Sox had six rookies in their lineup and another on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays, who were playing their varsity.

The result was another satisfying victory for the Sox. Christian Vazquez and Rusney Castillo hit their first major league home runs in an 11-1 rout.

The Sox had 16 hits in support of Allen Webster, who threw seven strong innings. Vazquez was 4 for 4 and drove in three runs. He scored twice.

The Sox have won four of their last six games and at 70-89 have bettered the record of the dreadful 2012 team with three games to play.

Now comes one of the most unusual — and perhaps memorable — weekends in the history the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

For the first time since 1993, neither of the teams has qualified for the postseason and the games are essentially meaningless. But there will still be national focus on the series as Yankees captain Derek Jeter comes in for the final games of his career.

Much of the talk after the game was about Jeter’s walkoff single Thursday night in his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium.

“Wow. That’s him. Perfect,” David Ortiz said. “That was like a playoff game right there. It was unbelievable.”

Jeter said after the game that he would play against the Red Sox this weekend in some capacity, likely as the DH, out of respect for the fans and the relationship between the teams. He does not plan to play shortstop.

“Any time you see a player of that caliber, one who has played …read more