Who knows what the MLB was thinking when they created the 2010 schedule but I can only guess that they didn’t think the AL East would come down to the Yankees and the Rays.
While the Yankees play out the final three weeks of the season against the Rays, Orioles, Rays(HOME), Red Sox(HOME), Blue Jays, Red Sox in that order. Plus, as you probably noticed only two of those 6 series are home or 7 of the total 19 games that will be played. All are against AL East rivals.
Comparably, the Rays will play out the final three weeks of the season against the Yankees(HOME), Angels(HOME), Yankees, Seattle(HOME), Orioles(HOME), and Royals. Four of the six series are at home or 12 of a total 16 games. Only 10 games are against division rivals and 9 of the games are against teams with a losing record, or pretty much every team not named the Yankees.
I don’t think this qualifies as a conspiracy against the Yankees or anything but it is something to think about. Draw your own conclusions, but the Yankees face an uphill battle finishing the season while the Rays can coast to a potential division title.