Brian Burres pitched a very good game against the Yankees in this contest – so, this was an impressive win for New York. Andy Pettitte was the man here for New York – getting his 200th career win in the process.
And, thanks to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees now trail the Boston Red Sox by one game in the loss column – and 1.5 games overall in the standings.
More on that from the AP:
It’s the closest New York has been to first place since the Yankees trailed by one game before play on April 20. They began play on May 30 down by 14 1/2 games to Boston.
“Four months ago, nobody gave us credit. And now we’re close to winning the division,” [Mariano] Rivera said.
The next four games are huge for the Yankees. The Blue Jays played the Red Sox tough – and they’ll be up for the Yankees as well. Here are the upcoming pitching match-ups:
Fri, Sep 21 7:05 pm EDT C. Wang vs. R. Halladay Sat, Sep 22 1:05 pm EDT I. Kennedy vs. D. McGowan Sun, Sep 23 1:05 pm EDT R. Clemens vs. A. Burnett Mon, Sep 24 1:05 pm EDT M. Mussina vs. J. Litsch
The Monday game could be Phil Hughes instead of Mike Mussina – according to some reports that I’ve seen. We’ll probably know more about who gets the ball in the next few days.
Bottom line, the Yankees will need to win at least 3 of these 4 games against Toronto to keep marching towards first place. It will be interesting to see how these games play out and see who steps up for their teams.