The Yankees finished a poor trip in strong fashion as they return home to face two fourth-place teams. The Houston Astros, however, may not be pushovers.
It ain’t over ’til it’s over. With their playoff hopes on life support, the Yankees will wrap up the season’s final homestand with a three-game set against the Rays.
The Blue Jays were beaten badly by the Yankees at times this season. They just got some revenge — and it came at the worst time for New York.
It has come down to moments now, this wild-card race that simply refuses to be settled without the Yankees having some sort of say in it.
Every game is now a must-win for the Yankees. The team knows it. Their fans know it. Manager Joe Girardi knows it. “You’d have to have your head in the sand not to know,” the skipper said before Wednesday’s big win.
Andy Pettitte is frustrated, Joe Girardi is worried and the Yankees need to snap their losing streak in the worst way. The Bombers might not be in must-win territory just yet, but they sure are getting there in a hurry.
Good news! The Bombers will take on two last-place teams, a fourth-place team and a current wild card leader down the stretch as they fight for an American League playoff spot.
It starts tonight in Toronto with Andy Pettitte going up against R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays…
“I’ve had a calf injury before, and those are tricky,” A-Rod said. “They’re very dangerous. I’m hoping that I came out of the game before something really bad happened.”
The Yankees don’t need this right now: leadoff man Brett Gardner is heading to New York for tests on his ailing oblique.
We now know that Derek Jeter isn’t going to ride to the rescue. But Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano still have a chance. Yankees fans just might embrace them both if it happens.
The Yankees and Orioles meet for the final time this year to close out a four-game series at Camden Yards, with 13-game loser Phil Hughes making his return to the rotation for New York.
Give Girardi this. At least he cares. He may be misguided at times, but he leaves little doubt on the field as to where he stands with his team
New York, coming off a three-game sweep of the White Sox, has clawed its way back into contention in the American League. And look who’s on tap: the rival Boston Red Sox.
Hughes’ start was pushed back to Monday, but he only pitched 1 1/3 innings before rain hit the Bronx. David Huff took the ball for the Yankees when play resumed and got the win, allowing just one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings.