Remember two weeks ago, when this season seemed like a lost cause? Don’t look now, but the Yankees are suddenly 3.5 games out of the wild card race after finishing off a series sweep with a 5-3 win against the Blue Jays this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have won five straight as they head into a big weekend series against Tampa Bay. They’ve beaten the Blue Jays in 12 of 13 games this season, and today they took the lead amid complete confusion when Vernon Wells sent a ball into center field that seemed to be caught, only to have the umpires ruled that it dropped (Eduardo Nunez had tagged up at third base just in case). The Yankees went on to tack on three much-need insurance runs to seal the win. Andy Pettitte allowed one run through six innings, Curtis Granderson hit a game-tying home run off J.A. Happ — the same pitcher who broke Granderson’s arm in spring training — and Dave Robertson filled Mariano Rivera’s shoes in the ninth, getting his second save of the year.
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