Derek Jeter comes back on Monday night. Yes, again. Jeter represents the last bit of hope for the Yankees, hope that he might be the final piece of the puzzle for a team that’s clawed back into the playoff race.
As the shorthanded Yankees chase valiantly after a Wild Card berth, who would you rather have toeing the rubber than “Ol’ Reliable Andy?”
It’s all about windows. The Yanks’ is closing, and not just because of the Alex Rodriguez mess. The windows around Citi Field are wide open.
Andy Pettitte pitched six effective innings, Curtis Granderson homered and the New York Yankees beat Toronto, 5-3, on Thursday after a 3 1/2-hour rain delay for their 10th straight victory against the Blue Jays.
Alfonso Soriano drove in four more runs and Andy Pettitte avoided his first-inning troubles to lead New York to a 10-3 victory over the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
Cy Young? Maybe, maybe not. But Hiroki Kuroda has pitched well enough to dream. And Matt Harvey’s season speaks for itself. It would be nice if the year ended with a little positive history.
Darth Vader is dying. The Evil Empire is collapsing on itself, on its sins and hubris and the assumption that the logo alone was enough. The Yankees don’t scare anyone anymore. They’re just scary.
“It’s not like you forget how to pitch in a week,” manager Joe Girardi said after Sunday’s 5-4 walk-off win against the Detroit Tigers. “He just had a bad week.”
While the end of the beginning of the Alex Rodriguez mess arrived Monday, the beginning of the end unfolded in Chicago for another great player.
Alex Rodriguez blooped a single in his first at-bat of the season hours after being hit with a long suspension, but that was it for the embattled slugger as the Chicago White Sox ripped the Yankees 8-1 on Monday.
Mark Ellis delivered the winning single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte has never finished a season with a losing record in his 17-year playing career.
Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning of his Rangers debut, the only run he allowed unearned after his throwing error, and Texas beat the New York Yankees 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Two all-time Yankees say they’ll back up Alex Rodriguez if he’s suspended in the wake of MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs.
Once Derek Jeter retires — his suddenly balky body is hastening the process — and assuming Mariano Rivera makes good on his curtain call, Harvey will have Broadway to himself.