Yanks Beat Twins 6-3, Finally Extend AL East Lead To More Than One Game

How’s this for interesting? Earlier this year, J.P. Arencibia of the Toronto Blue Jays said that the Yankees hit cheap homers. I know, it’s so shocking that an opposing player would complain about Yankee Stadium’s dimensions. That never happens. Anyway, tonight both the Yankees and Arencibia hit important home runs that may have...

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Game 153: Helping the Twins Earn a Top-5 Draft Pick

David Aardsma is likely to be activated quite soon, per Chad Jennings. While he will likely be fairly limited, any pitches he can save from the arms of Robertson, Chamberlain, Soriano, and Logan would be a godsend – and, of course, set him on the path towards contributing from Opening Day next year.

Onto...

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Top-30 Prospects Preview: How Far Has Manuel Banuelos Fallen?

Manuel Banuelos was the no-doubt top Yankee prospect entering this season, and held down the #2 spot, behind Jesus Montero, for a year before that. A lot of people, myself included, expect him to spend time on the Yankee roster down the stretch in 2012, and move on to a bright major league career. Instead,...

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Passing thoughts from a week off

The Yankees are good at baseball:

Most of the second half of this season has felt like a long, hard, slog for Yankee fans, watching the team muddle through injuries and inconsistent play to come down to the pack in the A.L. East, but that was not the case this past week. The Yankees took five of the six games they played, including both ends of the double-header on Tuesday and two out of three from the very talented A’s, including obviously that thrilling comeback on Saturday. Yes, they missed a chance to make it a clean sweep for the entire week yesterday, but I’d wager that everyone is still feeling pretty high as the final legs of the season moves on to Minnesota tonight.

So are the Orioles:

On the other side of things, the Yankees didn’t make any hay with respect to the standings over that time, because Baltimore continues to match them step for step. I’ll be honest, I have continued to expect the Orioles to hit a skid at some point this month, and I thought it was going to happen in Seattle, but the Orioles swept that series and took two out of three in Boston to match, so I’m now willing to concede that it’s time to stop waiting for them to choke.…

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