Don’t look now, but the Yankees just may be putting themselves in a position to make a run at the playoffs.
Minus Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, the New York Yankees used a pair of relievers to close out the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 Monday night and preserve the win for Hiroki Kuroda.
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.
Curtis Granderson started in left field and batted fifth Friday night against the San Diego Padres. He went 0-for-4, and struck out twice on Friday at PETCO Park.
A big bat is returning to New York’s lineup on Friday. And no, we’re not talking about Alex Rodriguez.
Derek Jeter played a simulated game in Staten Island on Saturday and could start for the Yankees on Sunday.
The New York Yankees acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs on Friday, bringing back the seven-time All-Star to provide a power boost to a team that desperately needs more pop.
With the season nearly two-thirds completed, teams are now focusing their attention on the future. Here are some of the specific factors/questions that need to be considered.
The Yankees placed their captain on the 15-day DL on Friday. He strained his right quad in his first game back with New York last week after being out all season with a broken left ankle.
David Robertson still believes the injury-plagued New York Yankees can overcome their struggles and make a push for the postseason.
Derek Jeter will miss the Yankees’ weekend series against Minnesota with a strained right quadriceps, and New York cannot rule out a return to the disabled list.
What could be more storybook than Jeter leading a rag-tag group of Yankees that nobody believed in into the playoffs?
So, what can we expect from the captain when he finally jogs onto the diamond? Is he the mutant to whom age is merely a number or the aging icon who struggled so mightily before 2012?
Next week, the Yankees begin HOPE Week. Meanwhile, on the field, the Yankees will begin another type of Hope Week.
Perhaps the artillery Girardi really needs, the big cannons, will come alive soon enough.