From the Toronto Star:
This is only the 11th day this season on which the Yankees have either held or shared the lead in the AL East. That may seem low for a team trying to win its ninth consecutive division title, but given the chronology of discontent that has rocked the Bronx Bombers, it’s actually a lot.
The Yankees were a season-high nine games behind the O’s on May 7; were in fourth place on June 13; and were 5 1/2 games behind Boston on Aug. 10.
Indeed, August 11th, that’s when the magic started. Scott Proctor, of all people, got the start – filling in for the Big Unit – and pitched well. And, even though the middle guys in the pen allowed the Rangers to come back, the Yankees pulled it out with a Jeter HR in the 7th and some Rivera magic (as usual).
Including that win, since then, the Yankees have gone 30-11 (which is a blistering .732 winning percentage). At the same time, Boston went 23-17 (which, at .575, is pretty good darn ball too).
When this is all said and done, the Yankees can look back to “Eight Eleven” – it’s when the rabbit came out of the pinstriped hat.