Ghost of
Playoff Future?

Yankees celebrate in the clubhouse after they clinched the American League East Division with a 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, in New York. Players include second baseman Robinson Cano, second from right, outfielder Melky Cabrera, front center, and reliever Edwar Ramirez, etc.
(AP)

Sox Get Spanked at the Stadium, Division Dreams Dead
And It's Not the Patriots Offense We Have to Worry About

Bronx Bummer | How the East Was Bought 4, Thank God for the Wild Card 2
'Tek Aside, That Was Pretty Much the A-Team That Got Beat on Sunday
Victor Martinez... Putting the Team Before Any Personal Hitting Streak Goals
Good to Know You Can't Pitch Bard in the Bronx

"Tastes good!" -- Mr. Leigh Teixeira Champagne King


The Lone Bright Spot in the Bronx

Daisuke Matsuzaka #18 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the New York Yankees during the game on September 26, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.
(Getty Images / Jared Wickerham)

But Will It Even Matter That Matsuzaka
Remembered How to Pitch?

Aced Out | New York 3, Two-Hit Wonders 0
Could Someone Patch the Hole in Chris Woodward's Glove?
Just Pretending We Didn't Notice the 5 Walks by Dice
Cano Gets a Cheapie, Damon Hits a Softie, Yankees Win
The Sun Comes Up, the Sun Goes Down, Youkilis Gets Hit Twice
Scary Billy Wagner Is a Wild Man on the Mound

"I don't think it matters. Both of us are probably going to the playoffs unless we don't do something right." -- Youkilis giving his 'win one for the Gipper' speech, sort of...


Yanks Get a Leg Up

Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester rolls on the mound after he was hit by a ball off the bat of New York Yankees batter Melky Cabrera in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York
(Reuters)

That's What Happens When You Wear Clown Hats
and Beer-League Shirts in the Bronx

Lester Escapes Injury, Not Loss | New York 9, Boston 5
Lester Gets Whacked Before He Gets Nailed, Game Ove
7 Stolen Bags Just Another Kick in the Teeth for Wild Card Warriors

"It hit off my knee going about mach seven. It hit me in a good spot, where it didn't do too much damage that, hopefully, I won't miss any time... I had good stuff tonight. It was one of those nights they made it seem like I didn't." -- No. 1 starter, who allowed five runs and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings

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