I had just one small request yesterday for the Toronto Blue Jays: That they take one game in their doubleheader against the Orioles. Request granted. Had they not done that, and had the Yankees lost last night, the Orioles would be in sole possession of first place this morning. But the Yankees lead by 1.5 games, so all is well in Yankees Universe right now.
Those leaders and veterans include Andy Pettitte, who overcame some early-game shakiness to put together his second straight scoreless outing; Derek Jeter, who extended his hitting streak to 18 games; Raul Ibanez, who hit yet another home run; and Ichiro Suzuki, named AL Player Of The Week yesterday.
Nine games to go. Phil Hughes takes the baton tonight. Hopefully he can pass it along without dropping it. Go Yankees and, well, go Blue Jays.