With the Yankees winning their fifth straight and claiming sole possession of first place this late in the season for the first time since 2006, here are some stories to read this morning.

Filip Bondy of the Daily News says A-Rod’s clutch hitting has improved this year. I agree. But let’s wait to see how he does in the postseason.

As part of HOPE week, Tom Ellenson got to throw out the first pitch and was on the field after the final out to greet the team.

Brian Lewis in the Post reports that while CC Sabathia is a rock the Yanks can rely on and the inconsistencies of Pettitte and Chamberlain, the second half outcome lies on the arm of AJ Burnett.

This has the makings of a special year, Kevin Kernan of the Post comments.

Newsday (and everyone else on the planet) is reporting that Brett Tomko has been DFA’ed.

Have a good day!