The New York Yankees have come all the way back, winners of eight straight, and are now just one game back of the Boston Red Sox.
Boston (60-45) is two games behind first-place Tampa Bay (61-42), which won 5-3 in Kansas City on Saturday night.
New York (58-45) has not lost since the All-Star break, and have won the first two of their weekend series against their long-time nemesis at Fenway Park.
On Friday night, it was Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera shutting down the Bosox 1-0.
Saturday afternoon, it was a 10-3 romp as Robinson Cano (3 hits, HR, 3 RBIs) and Andy Pettitte (6 IP, 1 ER, 7 K's) proved to be the difference.
Bobby Abreu added a key two-run double in a four-run sixth which broke open a tense 3-2 contest.
The Yankees suddenly find themselves one game behind Boston for second in the AL East and also for the wild card lead, continuing their tradition of being a second-half team.
Last season, New York was horrendous in the first half but rallied to take the AL wild card over Seattle and Detroit, and even gave Boston a scare by getting back into the divisional race.
The Yanks have already made a move this weekend, acquiring outfielder Xavier Nady and reliever Damaso Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Both saw action on Saturday afternoon; Nady was in the starting lineup and went 0-for-3 with a walk, while Marte struck out Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in relief.
Will the Red Sox make a move before the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline?
Is it time yet for Bleacher Report's own Sean Crowe and the Red Sox nation to panic?
Despite the fact I dislike the Yankees, I have to applaud them for making it all the way back the way things went in the first half: The Chien-Ming Wang injury and the problems in the rotation, the controversy about how to best use Chamberlain, Giambi's slump early on, the losses of Jorge Posada, Johnny Damon, and Hideki Matsui, and on and on.
I'll say this: if one team finishes a game or two out, be it the first-place Rays, the Red Sox, or the Yankees, I'll have no sympathy.
Any one of those teams could have picked up Barry Bonds, but have chosen not to. So, whoever doesn't make the postseason, that's their problem.
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