Taken from my comfy seat behind home plate
I was glad that Yankee manager, Joe Girardi came to the realization that the Yanks need to clinch the regular season before deciding to rest players and line up his post season rotation. After dropping four in a row and falling out of first place, the manager reversed coarse, starting Phil Hughes... and, if there were any remaining doubt that Girardi wanted to win last night, he brought in Mariano in the eighth inning.
Hughes deserved a better fate, pitching six plus innings, giving up only one run but exiting down 1-0 as the Yankee bats remained in deep hibernation.
Ball point pen on todays newsprint
It wasn't until the seventh inning that the Yanks got off the snide when A-Rod parked a Dice-K pitch into the Yankee ball pen with Teixeira on first to take the lead 2-1. Even though Mo blew the save as a light mist began to fall, Robinson Cano drove in the tying run in the bottom of the 9th before Boston's pen walked in the winning run in the 10th. The 4-3 win brings their magic number down to one.
Thanks Maise, John, Tim and John for the great seats!