The New York Yankees were defeated by the Texas Rangers by a score of 7-6. Mariano Rivera blew a save situation and allowed the Rangers to come back in the bottom of the ninth. With the loss and the Rays win, the lead in the AL East is down to .5 games.

President Bush enjoying the game - Reuters (Mike Stone)

Initial Reaction:

A.J. Burnett was good A.J. Burnett tonight. He kept the Yankees in the game and ultimately gave them an opportunity to win. He only pitched four innings and allowed two runs, but had to be taken out because of a rain delay in the fifth inning.

Positives From The Game:

Alex Rodriguez hit a bases-clearing double in the eighth inning to give the Yankees a one run lead. It all felt like it would end well until…

Negatives From The Game:

The Bad Inning: Mariano in the ninth inning. Walk, single, double, intentional walk, pop out, hit by pitch. No, this isn’t a Joba Chambernett inning, this was the best closer of all time.
What’s Next?:

Tomorrow is the last game in the series for the Yankees before a HUGE trip to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays. In case you don’t watch any football, the game begins at 2:05 and can be seen on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

Dustin Moseley (4-2, 4.83 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (10-8, 3.37 ERA)