I wouldn't get too worried about this at the moment, but the Yankees are on something of a roll, having won seven in a row and 10 of their last 12. One of this year's consolations so far, as the Orioles clearly position themselves for their traditional run at fourth-place after the All-Star break, is watching a Yankee clubhouse full of multimillionaires struggle to keep up with the likes of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and, well, the Orioles.
Last night, the Yanks beat the Arizona Diamondbacks as one of their more handsomely paid underachievers, Bobby Abreu, hit a three-run homer. With the win, New York reached .500 (31-31) for the first time since early May but the Yanks still trail first-place Boston by 9 1/2 games in the AL East, and there are three teams in front of New York in the wild-card standings.
Look, I like Joe Torre, but but you have to have something to root for.