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The Yankees were quite discreet with their Champagne and those plastic coverings you always see draped over lockers in postseason celebrations. Surely, all that good stuff was tucked away somewhere in Tropicana Field, but it certainly wasn’t in plain view. Nor would it be; not after the bullpen wasted Alex Rodriguez’s grand slam and five unlikely scoreless innings by Kei Igawa.
New York’s magic number remains at one with a Tigers win over the Twins, though the Yankees have now moved three games behind the Red Sox with five games left to play. It’s unpleasant for Yankees fans to watch the bullpen implode like that, for certain, but it also raises some very serious questions about who could or should make the postseason roster.
If Joe Torre isn’t handing the baseball to guys wearing No. 42 or No. 62, how confident do you really feel? Torre said the Yankees will carry Kyle Farnsworth if he’s healthy, and they seem encouraged by throwing him back-to-back here after some slight tweaks.
But Brian Bruney can’t seem to throw the ball over the plate and Edwar Ramirez’s early magic seems to have worn off. It seems like some of the Yankees’ recent games have doubled as open bullpen auditions, and with good reason. Someone has the chance to step up and claim a postseason roster spot but so far, you’d have to say that no one has.