The Yankees refuse to make this easy. Rather than focus on who the Yankees should have beaten based on the match up (Ricky Romero, cough, cough) I want to emphasize the need to win big games, easy competition or not. The Yankees don’t want to find themselves in a sudden death playoff. The team hasn’t inspired confidence that they can handle that kind of game. Yet, they are on a collision course for such a game because they can’t find the killer instinct when they need it. Yesterday’s game called for the killer instinct. The Yankees didn’t have it. And they don’t have first place anymore either. Well done boys. Phil Hughes faces off against Henderson Alvarez today. Enjoy.