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After taking three of four against the Tigers, the Yankees will welcome the Seattle Mariners to the Bronx for a three-game, weekend set. The Mariners will bring on their ace, Felix Hernandez (8-10, 2.62 ERA) to start the series. Hernandez has notched two complete game shutouts against the Yanks this year, so look for the Bombers to seek out some revenge.

Just Having Some Fun on A Thurs Afternoon

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Johnny Damon returned to the Bronx tonight, and got a nice applause in his first at-bat. Other than that, the Yankee Stadium crowd didn’t cheer about much else. The offense was (again) shut down by a pitcher the Yankees have never faced before, and a late rally came up small, as Detroit prevailed, 3-1.

The Red Sox were off tonight, but the Rays managed to beat Cliff Lee, so the Yanks are now tied atop the AL East with their rivals from Tampa. Their lead in the Wild Card sits at five-and-a-half games.

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The Yankees will head home and kick off their home stand with four against the sluggish Detroit Tigers. Detroit, 56-60 (10 1/2 games behind Minnesota) has dropped ten of fourteen games during August. The Yankees, 72-45, are one game ahead of Tampa Bay in the AL East. The Tigers took three of four in Detroit earlier this season, so expect the Yankees to seek out some revenge. Tuesday’s pitching match-up, Justin Verlander vs. CC Sabathia, should be verrrry fun.

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This, my friends, was a game that you simply did not want to end. In the beginning, Rangers ace Cliff Lee looked just like Cliff Lee, striking out 11 and walking none and leaving with a 6-2 lead. However, the New York Yankees came back to take the lead in the top of the ninth and win it by a total of 7-6. Kerry Wood picked up the win and Mariano Rivera certainly earned the save. The Yanks move to 70-43 on the year and gain a game  over the Tampa Bay Rays following their afternoon loss to the Detroit Tigers.

A-Rod Lines a Double - AP

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The Yankees will travel to the Lone Star state for a quick two game set against the Rangers. The Yankees will see the Rangers two best pitchers in CJ Wilson and Cliff Lee. Potential playoff series preview? Maybe…

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Tonight’s Yankee/Red Sox game checked in at roughly three and a half hours. However, Yankee fans were probably ready to tune out after the first hour. In the second inning, Francisco Cervelli dropped Mike Lowell’s pop-up along the first base line, giving the Sox a golden opportunity. Boston took full advantage of the error, plating three unearned runs in the inning. Clay Buchholz and friends kept the Yanks at bay for most the game, winning round one, 6-3.

'No Wonder Why They Skipped Me Before'

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Ah, the classic ‘wrap around’ series against the Red Sox kicks off tonight at Yankee Stadium. The Boston Red Sox (62-47) currently sit seven games in the loss column behind the Yankees. With only 53 games left on the Red Sox schedule, they need to turn it on or they’ll watch the playoffs from home this year. So far, the Yanks are 5-3 this year against the Red Sox. Josh Beckett (pictured below) is lucky that ex-Yank Shelley Duncan didn’t kick his ass on Tuesday night and send him back to the DL for the 100th time this season…

Shelley Duncan would destroy you, Josh.

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In another game with a playoff atmosphere, the New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4. Robinson Cano was the player of the game, going 3-4 with a huge home run in the top of the ninth to give the Yankees the win. Javier Vazquez went 6.1 innings strong, but Dave Robertson got the win and Mariano Rivera picked up the save. With the win, the Yankees move to 66-37 on the season and guarantee that they will remain in first in the AL East over the Rays.

Teammates in 2011? - J. Meric/Getty Images

Initial Reaction:

Although there was much buzz about the Yankees and their deadline deals, there was still an important game that needed to be played this tonight. Much like yesterday’s game, tonight’s game had a playoff feel to it. Both pitchers, Javier Vazquez and Matt Garza, had their good and bad moments…

J. Vazquez 6.1 IP 4 ER 8 H 3 K 0 BB 1 HR
M. Garza 7 IP 4 ER 5 H 9 K 1 BB 2 HR

Positives From The Game:

DFA: The best news before the game started? The addition of Lance Berkman, Austin Kearns, and Kerry Wood meant that Chan Ho Park got designated for assignment. So long CHoP.

What a Bomb!: Mark Teixeira’s sixth inning home run went right down the first base line, but it would have been out anywhere in the park. This tied the game at three.

Batting Sixth: Nick Swisher obviously wasn’t too bothered with being moved to sixth in the lineup, as he hit a home run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at four apiece.

The Pen: Boone Logan and Dave Robertson pitched effectively in the seventh and eighth innings, shutting down the top of the potent Rays’ lineup.

Robby!: Robinson Cano had another fantastic game going 3-4, but his two doubles didn’t match up with his solo shot in the top of the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead.

Negatives From The Game:

Sir Lancelot: In an unimpressive first game as a Yankee, Lance Berkman went 0-4. Obviously, he will turn it around, but it’s never fun watching someone pop out, foul out, fly out, and strike out.

Game Changer: Carl Crawford can affect a game in many ways. It looked like he was going to single-handedly beat the Yanks in his first two at bats. He ended up going 2-3 with an RBI and a steal. If the Yanks can’t have him next year, I hope he goes far, far away from the AL East.

Interesting Facts:

Alex Rodriguez, remember him? He went 0-4 and is still stuck on 599 career home runs.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees will finish their three game series in St. Petersburg tomorrow afternoon at 1:05. The game can be viewed on the YES Network.

Projected Starters:

CC Sabathia (13-4, 3.15 ERA) vs. James Shields (9-9, 4.79 ERA)

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The Yankees will ship down to the picturesque Tropicana Field for three games this weekend. With Tampa Bay only two games behind the Yankees, expect emotions to run high during this pivotal AL East tilt.

'Too Cool For A Chest Bump, Jeet?' AP

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Curtis Granderson’s seventh inning, two-run home run proved to be the difference as the Yankees topped the Indians, 3-2. Javier Vazquez threw seven solid innings of five hit ball to pace the Yanks. Even though Alex Rodriguez did not hit 600th home run tonight, Joe Girardi effectively pieced together the eighth inning, an inning that did not feature Joba Chamberlain.

'Man, Cleveland Does Really Suck'

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