The Yankees had a slim lead for most of yesterday’s game, but with two outs in the eighth inning CC Sabathia gave up the lead as the Mariners tied the game at two. But Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame to help the Yankees win 4-2 .

Here are some notes:

  • Sabathia is heating up. In his last six starts he has a 6-0 record with a 2.00 ERA and has not pitched fewer than seven innings in any start.
  • RHP Dustin Moseley has been called up , and LHP Boone Logan has been sent to Triple-A.
  • The D-Backs fired their manager and GM, and the Yankees’ scouting director Damon Oppenheimer is said to be getting “serious consideration” for the GM position.
  • Joel Sherman of the NY Post agrees with me and thinks the Yankees should call up catcher Jesus Montero. It’s time for the second coming.
  • The Yankees open a three-game series against the Blue Jays today. AJ Burnett (6-7, 5.25) is on the hill for the opener. It will be his first start since pitching coach Dave Eiland has come back.
  • Burnett had a strong April, but he is 2-7 with a 7.71 ERA in his last 10 starts. That’s just awful for an entire third of the season.

It’s July 2nd and the Yankees still have the best record in baseball and are on pace for a 100-win season. They also hold a 1.5-game lead over the second-place Red Sox, who just lost Dustin Pedroia to injury. It seems like expectations are higher than ever in the Bronx this year, but the Yankees have been doing just fine up to this point.  It’s a long season and there are still a lot of games left to play.

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