As August ends, Yanks alone at the top
The Yankees will enter September in sole possession of first place in the American League East, their 82-50 record good enough to advance one game in front of the Tampa Bay Rays, who lost to the Blue Jays in a 13-5 decision at Tropicana Field.
Mark Teixeira said that the Yankees have been doing “a little bit” of scoreboard watching, sneaking peeks at the big out-of-town video screens between innings to see what’s going on down in St. Petersburg.
“At the same time, we have to win,” Teixeira said. “We have to take care of our own business. It doesn’t matter what everyone else does if we don’t win. You check the scoreboard every now and then, but we’re really concentrating on what we have to do.”
August wasn’t especially kind to the Yankees, who were one game up on the Rays when play closed on Aug. 1 and will be right in that same spot on Sept. 1. But treading water was pretty good considering what the Yankees had to deal with.
“I thought we battled through a tough month, with some injuries, an extremely tough schedule physically, some guys we expected to get back that didn’t get back,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I thought our guys played extremely hard and found a way to have a winning month. In our division, that’s extremely important.”
The work wasn’t done for most of the Yankees after the final pitch. Tonight is the team’s fantasy football draft, which was being conducted into the late hours behind the scenes in the clubhouse.