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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Bronx, NY (August 3) – The New York Yankees are looking to break a two game losing streak. The Yankees have baseballs best record but are also in a first place tie with the Tampa Bay Rays. If the Yankees were, in any other division in baseball, they would have at least a four game lead but they are in the toughest division in baseball.
The thing about it is they are 6 ½ games ahead for the wild card so they are not in any real danger of making the playoffs at this point but winning the division would give home field advantage which could be big in the postseason. Here is the Yankees lineup tonight with some news and notes.
Jeter (SS), Swisher (RF), Teixeira (1B), Rodriguez (3B), Cano (2B), Thames (LF), Kearns (DH), Cervelli (C), Gardner (LF)
The Yankees will start a four game series with the Boston Red Sox on Friday. The Yankees have a chance to put them away if they win three or four games. Of course, baseball is a long season and until you are mathematically eliminated, you cannot think that way. If the Yankees win three or four games against them though they would be 8 ½ or even 10 games up in the division and that would be tough to come back from for the Red Sox.
The Blue Jays had six doubles in the fifth inning last night, which matched the AL record for doubles in an inning. They also allowed seven runs in the fifth inning, which tied the most they have allowed in any single inning this season. A.J. Burnett started and had his two game scoreless streaks snapped.
Burnett continues to be an enigma but has been his whole career. He can be so great one game and then terrible the next, there is no in-between with him. Teixeira, enters the game tied for the team lead in home runs with 22, Swisher also has 22.
Swisher has hit four home runs in his last four games. He is the third Yankee to have four homers over a four game stretch this season; the others are Cano and Teixeira. He has an active nine game hitting streak and has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. Swisher is batting 313 since the All-Star Break with 7 home runs and 17 RBI. He is tied for second in home runs, and tied for fourth in the majors in RBI during the stretch during that period.
The Yankees will play 13 of their next 19 games at home and 23 of their next 35 at Yankee Stadium.They are currently in a stretch of 36 games in 37 days. The Yankees play all but 13 of their remaining 57 games against teams currently at or above 500. The Yankees are 34-17 at home this season which is the fourth best record at home in the majors.
Atlanta, St. Louis, and Detroit are the only teams that have a better home record. The Yankees have won each of their last six games against left-hander pitchers. They are 10-2 in their last 12 games against left-handed starters. They are 22-14 against left-hander starters this season and 12-6 at home.