Remember when a midsummer visit by the Red Sox would cause surges of energy, excitement and venom over the course of four hours at Yankee Stadium?

Ah, those were the days.

Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin clubbed two-run homers — and Curtis Granderson put the game away with an eighth-inning grand slam — as the Yanks needed just 2:41 to roll to a 10-3 win Friday night over Bobby Valentine and the last-place Sox in Ichiro Suzuki's home debut.

"Absolutely, every win against them counts," Mark Teixeira said after the blowout pushed the Red Sox a season-high 11½ games behind the AL East-leading Yanks. "But we saw what happened in the National League and the American League last year with the wild card.

"There's no reason to write off anybody right now."

One-time AL MVP Dustin Pedroia, who hit the first of three solo home runs allowed by Phil Hughes in his seven innings, admitted Boston's first 100 games (49-51) "have been (crappy)." Meanwhile, the Yanks had dropped five of seven and lost Alex Rodriguez to a broken hand on a Western road swing.

When asked about the Bosox, Joe Girardi cited the numerous injuries suffered by both teams this season and said: "Can they make a run and get hot? Can we got hot again and distance ourselves?"

Obtained to aid that cause from the Mariners on Monday for two minor-league pitchers, Ichiro went 1-for-4 with two runs scored in his first chance to ingratiate himself with the Stadium faithful.