Entering today, the Yankees controlled their own destiny. Entering tomorrow, they do not. After taking the first game 6-5, the Bombers dropped the nightcap, 7-6. AJ Burnett got the start for the Yanks and once again, looked less than stellar. In six innings, Burnett gave up four runs on six hits. However, the box score does not tell the whole story. Burnett was seen laughing after he hit a Boston hitter by a pitch in the first inning. He argued a close play at first base when the play was still live. Burnett realized that a base runner was heading home, but delivered an errant throw, allowing the Sox to score.

We’ve been watching Burnett’s mediocrity from more than half a season now and quite frankly, I’m sick of it. I don’t want him anywhere close to a post-season pitching mound. Laughing when you are hitting batters with pitches? Give me a break, AJ. Grow up before we see you again in Spring Training.

Outside of Burnett, Ivan Nova came on in relief during the eighth inning with the lead. Nova struggled with his command, walking in a runner and serving up Eric Patterson’s game winning hit.

It’s pretty safe to say that Nova will not be pitching out of the bullpen in the post-season.

The Yankees committed four errors during the game, including one extremely sloppy error by Cervelli on a routine pop-up behind the plate.

Offensively, Brett Gardner stole three bases and Francisco Cervelli had the only extra base hit. Robinson Cano went 3 for 3 and collected six hits during the two games.

The Tampa Bay Rays won today and current sit tied with the Yankees atop the American League East. A Rays win tomorrow and the Bombers will open the post-season on the road in Minnesota. The Yankees must win and have the Rays lose in order to have home field advantage. Edge, Tampa Bay.

Tomorrow’s match-up:

Sunday, 1:35, YES: John Lackey vs. Dustin Moseley.