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The Yankees lead in the AL East is down to one

Sep 3, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

New York Yankees' Chris Dickerson reacts to being called out on strikes to end the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg Reuters

The Yankees haven’t been in first place all season. As late as June 10 they were a half game back. But starting then they began to build a lead. By July 18 it was a ten game lead.  Since July 18 it has been whittled down to a single game.

The Orioles, fresh off taking two of three from New York, beat the Blue Jays in convincing fashion today, shutting them out behind a strong outing from Joe Saunders.  Meanwhile, down in Tampa, the Yankess lost 4-3 despite having their ace on the hill.

New York has a couple more against Tampa Bay — themselves only two and a half out — then a four game series against the Orioles. Oh, and then three more against the Rays after a quick trip to Boston.  Oh, and Robinson Cano is hurting too, having done something bad to his hip in this game, which will most likely cause him to miss tomorrow’s.

Are they going to escape this stretch alive?

  1. ravensallday2012 - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    As a orioles fan this is great for baltimore. Keep it up o’s

    • hojo20 - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Though I’m not an Orioles fan, it’s GREAT to see them competitive again.

    • baseballisboring - Sep 4, 2012 at 4:27 AM

      I have little to no belief in a higher power…but this “team of destiny” thing is starting to make more and more sense, lol.

  2. shaneleavitt - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    A Yankees collapse is wonderful fun thing to hope for and watch. (gets popcorn, finds comfy chair)

    • sneschalmers - Sep 3, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      I believe this is what you requested?

      • hittfamily - Sep 3, 2012 at 11:06 PM

        Booooo!!! Boggs, Strawberry, and Clemens all participated in the greatest Simpsons episode ever. That was what I was hoping to see.

    • bozosforall - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:38 AM

      Shaneleavitt = loser in life

      • shaneleavitt - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:25 AM

        Haha. News Flash. There are fans of 29 teams that don’t like or just loathe the Yankees.

      • bozosforall - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:59 PM

        All losers in life just like you.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Leave the Yankees alone Craig. They are hurting inside and out.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      Sorry Len. I tried, but your team appears to be not very popular outside the NY area.

  4. dalucks - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Pitching seems to be the downfall of the Yankees this season. With Tampa and Baltimore having better pitching, I can see the Yankees finishing 3rd in the AL East and missing the playoffs.

    • storebrandcookies - Sep 3, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      I agree. Didn’t expect this kind of pitching at the beginning of the season. Sabathia has always been good. Kuroda has been solid for the Yankees. Phil Hughes is a guy I wouldn’t rely in the playoffs. Plus they traded away Burnett and to the Pirates: You can throw in the Pineda injury as well.

    • jolink653 - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:33 AM

      Moreso the injuries that are finally catching up with them…The pitching has been streaky all season but when you have Eric Chavez hitting 5th and Jayson Nix being relied on to be a bigger contributor there’s not much you can do offensively

  5. trybe29dr - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Now that hes off the DL they can start blaming arod

  6. Old Gator - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Is Peter Angelos a genius, or what?

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      He is a what!

    • pisano - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      Gator, Angelos has always been a horses ass, all the credit goes to the GM, he pulls all the strings. We,ve seen what that team was before he got there.

      • Old Gator - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:08 AM

        Angelos is the genius who hired Dan Duquette when everyone laughed or snorted at him for it. Man up, folks. The man is the Prince Myshkin of the AL East.

      • quintjs - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:37 AM

        Angelos is the ‘genius’ who eventually hired Dan Duquette (after his first few choices turned him down and everyone laughed)

    • natslady - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      No one recognizes satire/sarcasm when it appears on the Internetz, Gator. Nice try, though.

      • Old Gator - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:09 AM

        That’s because we live in an age where sarcasm and objective analysis are interchangeable.

  7. raider2124 - Sep 3, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Keys go o’s. 15 years of losing all forgotten with a division title. Stank-ees are done stick a fork in them

  8. ryanw822 - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    A MLB postseason with no Yankees or Red Sox?? Our dreams are MLB’s nightmares!

  9. test2402 - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    Dude man. How stupid can you be. You are so stupid you bastard. Fowler idiot fowler.

  10. billymc75 - Sep 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    As a Ranger fan, this great cause we’ve best them all…

  11. rdkg2002 - Sep 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    O’s, strohs and natty bohs

  12. ravensdac - Sep 3, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Let’s give credit to MacPhail. He built up a great nucleus and Duquette has filled in the missing chips!

  13. newpairofsox - Sep 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Ha ha.

    • bozosforall - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:39 AM

      Meanwhile the Sox suck and so do their fans.

  14. hushbrother - Sep 3, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    If The Boss was still around he would never have stood for this. Changes would have been made! Someone would have been the fall guy – probably Cashman for not getting Felix Hernandez, who by all rights should be in pinstripes by now!

    Die douchebags

    • mmason0071 - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:31 AM

      Keep yer east coast hands off our King. He is only 26 – he won’t be ready for the pinstripe pajamas for another 10-15 years. (Golly the Yankees are old, no wonder they ‘re fading late in the season. Delightful)

  15. buffalomafia - Sep 3, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Fire Girhardi & get rid of A-Rod!

    With a lineup like the Yankees have they leave way to many men on base!

    • pisano - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      buffalo…..Finally someone makes sense on this blog. I second the motion on both. I’ll guarantee someone’s ass will be gone after this season, whether they do or don’t get into the playoffs, someone will be gone. I’ve never seen a Yankee team implode like this one before, maybe it’s happened, but not on my watch.

      • theskinsman - Sep 4, 2012 at 7:22 AM

        I’ve never seen a Yankee team implode like this one before, maybe it’s happened, but not on my watch.

        Must be you weren’t following MLB in 2004? Get the DVD of the ALCS that year, biggest choke in the history of team sports by the Yanks. I don’t know why they leave those games of YES….

  16. papalurchdxb - Sep 4, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    has there been a beer & chicken delivery to the Yankees clubhouse this year? Collapsing seems to be contagious in the NE!

    • pisano - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:35 AM

      skinhead…. my point was blow a 10 game lead, not lose out to a team that was loaded with roid heads, meaning your Sox.

  17. theboysofdallas - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    What are u talking about dalucks, the Yankees have better pitching than the orioles and it hasn’t been the pitching thats hurting them, the problem is everyone is injured

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