BOSTON — It took nearly until late September, but the Yankees are finally just about where they want to be.
With Friday night’s win over the Red Sox, the Yankees slid by the Twins for the fourth seed in the American League and would host Minnesota in a wild-card series. They also had won nine straight and, after another regular season filled with injuries to key players, are fairly healthy with a week left until the playoffs.
The returns of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, as well as Gio Urshela, have given the Yankees added confidence — as has the recent resurgence of Gary Sanchez, who keyed their comeback Friday with a two-run double and a game-tying homer.
“It’s big,’’ DJ LeMahieu said of the lineup looking like the Yankees expected it to before the season began.
It’s resulted in their longest winning streak of the season going into Saturday night’s game at Fenway Park against the last-place Red Sox.
“It feels like we’re playing like we should be playing, like how we showed up in spring training,’’ LeMahieu said. “This is kind of team, the kind of competitiveness and clicking on all cylinders, we knew we were capable of. And we’re…