The American League East is sending an engraved invitation to the Yankees to make a move.
Red Sox: Daisuke Matsuzaka and David Ortiz are injured, Ortiz perhaps quite seriously. Manny Ramirez cuffed around Kevin Youkilis in the dugout. Josh Beckett hasn’t pitched well since spring training. They don’t play well on the road and are coming up on a stretch that will see them play 16 of 22 games away from Fenway Park.
Rays: Matt Garza and Dioner Navarro came to blows today. Tampa Bay is 5-5 in its last 10 games and has three road games against the Angels coming up. Under tough guy Joe Maddon they seem as concerned about fighting as they are winning. They’ve been a surprise so far. How will that hold up?
Blue Jays: They won today to snap a four-game losing streak. Good pitching, not enough hitting.
For all of their problems, the Yankees are five games out in the loss column. That can be changed with two good weeks. The next 16 games are against the Royals, Athletics, Astros, Reds and Pirates. They need to put together a 10-6 or 11-5 run, get over .500 for good and move from there.
This team is too good to hover around .500. Now that the Yankees are whole, we’ll see what Joe Girardi can do with them.