Given their first chance to clinch the American League pennant, the Yankees blew a seventh-inning lead and lost to the Angels last night. The Yankees had one of their usual rallies, coming back from a 4-0 deficit, but the Angels and their Rally Monkey have been known to come from behind themselves from time to time. I had the game story in today’s paper.
Nothing is over for the Yankees, Sam wrote. No matter how many times Joe Girardi and the old guard have been asked whether this team compares to 1998, these Yankees have to keep winning to belong in the same sentence as those Yankees teams of the 90s.
He didn’t get the win or take the loss, but A.J. Burnett had another solid start that began and ended badly. The notebook also has bits about Jorge Posada coming off the bench, Robinson Cano moving up in the lineup and Joe Girardi refusing to look ahead to the Phillies.