There is no doubt that the Red Sox and Rays will be the Yankees top two AL East challengers this year, and early season victories don't mean that much, but every win counts. This year may not be as easy for the Yanks, as it was in 2009, where they coasted to the division title with an eight game lead at seasons end.
Tampa is, by all accounts, much improved this year and ready to get back to their 2008 AL Championship form. And up North, the Red Sox have reloaded their roster with pitching and defense in mind, and might have the deepest starting rotation in all of baseball.
In any case, the Yankees are 2-1 against both of their rivals thus far, and have the early edge in the hunt for October.
The 'Old Guard' of Jeter, Rivera, Posada, and Pettitte have each started great, especially Posada, who hit the go-ahead home run in Sunday's victory at Tampa. Pettitte looked solid in the rubber game of the Fenway series, yielding only one run to the Sox, to earn the win.
Speaking of the series in Boston, Brian Cashman couldn't have been more pleased form what Curtis Granderson did. Only a homer in his first at bat as a Yankee, plus the eventual game winner shot off of Papelbon. Nick Johnson did exactly what he was brought here to do, simply get on base, and he has done just that with seven walks in the early going. As for Javy Vazquez, too much was made out of his first outing, but too many more like that and your outa' here.
All in all, it was a great start to the title defense in 2010.