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Ten games into the toughest part of the Yankees schedule this season, the Bombers are 5-5.  After taking two of three from the Red Sox, the Yankees lost three of four in Detroit to start 3-4.  Another series win against the Twins brought them back to 5-5.

The Yankees are in the midst of a stretch of 20 straight games against teams with winning records and/or are named the New York Mets or Boston Red Sox.

And it doesn’t get any easier this week.  The Yankees play two each against the Red Sox and Tampa Bay before ending the week with a three game set at CitiField against the Mets.  They’ll then earn a day off to travel to Minnesota for their first series at Minnesota’s new Target Field.

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It started May 7 and doesn’t end for at least three weeks.  In fact, one could argue that it doesn’t even end for nearly 5 weeks.  For the first 20 games of this stretch, which started this weekend, the Yankees began what is looking like the toughest part of their schedule all season – from May 7 to May 27.

To start off, the Yankees will have to play 20 games during those 21 days, with the only day off coming on Monday May 24.  The worst part, however, is the opposition they are scheduled to face.  Boston, Detroit, Minnesota, Boston, Tampa Bay, NY Mets and Minnesota – all of which having winning records or are the Boston Red Sox.

May 7-9 @ Boston – The Yankees routed the first two games of the series 10-3 and 14-3, before being routed themselves in the Sunday night game, 9-3.  The Yankees are 4-2 against Boston this season in the 6 games they’ve played, all at Fenway Park.

May 10-13 @ Detroit – The Yankees lost the first game of the series, 5-4 on a night that long-time Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell was memorialized after succumbing to cancer last week.  The Yankees send troubled pitcher Javier Vasquez to the mound Tuesday night, high-flying youngster Phil Hughes to the mound on Wednesday night and ace CC Sabathia on Thursday night.  Vasquez skipped his last scheduled start (Friday in Boston) to get some bullpen work in and calm some nerves.  Yankee fans have been pretty hard on him this season for his poor play.  Hughes and Sabathia have been dominating this season, going 4-0 and 4-1 respectively.  Taking the next three in a row would be nice and is very possible, but I would be content with the Bombers leaving Detroit after going 2-2 against the Tigers.  Either way, they should have some momentum built up heading into the weekend series with Minnesota.

May 14-16 vs Minnesota – The Twins sit atop the AL Central at 21-11 and appear to be the third best team in the majors after the Rays and Yankees.  They are tough offensively and are much stronger than the team that the Yankees dominated last season.  This will be a tough series for the Bombers, especially considering the scheduled pitchers are AJ Burnett, who’s always volatile, Andy Pettitte, who’s coming off arm stiffness, and Vasquez, who will be hearing some loud boos if he doesn’t play excellent.

At this point the Yankees will have played 10 straight days – meaning that the Bombers would have most likely scheduled a day off for aging infielders Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez in order to rest them up for the next 10 games.

May 17-18 vs Boston – Boston maybe struggling this season with a 17-16 record as of Monday May 10, but it isn’t because of their hitting like most everyone thought it would be – it’s because of their pitching.  Surprisingly, the Sox are the fourth highest-scoring team in baseball this season.  The problem is they happen to have allowed the third most runs this season too, for a minus 11 run differential.  Still any series against the Sox is tough.

May 19-20 vs Tampa Bay – No doubt this is the strongest team in baseball this season and they are accomplishing it with much less talent then teams like the Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies have.  Fortunately, the Yankees have had this team’s number lately, having beaten them 2 out of 3 this season and 9 of 13 dating back to the mid-point of last season.

May 21-23 @ NY Mets – The Mets have had their ups and downs this season but have been mostly up the last couple of weeks.  Games between these two can hardly be called home or away games since the two team’s stadiums sit less than 20 miles apart.

May 24 – That one off-day…But can it really be called an off-day when you have to travel to Minnesota?

May 25-27 @ Minnesota – Previewing a series almost 3 weeks away is pointless.  Just imagine I copied and pasted the description from their previous series in this place.

However, it doesn’t stop here.  Without another day off, the Yankees will face off at home against the Cleveland Indians for a 4 game Memorial Day Weekend series (May 28-31), division rival Baltimore for three games (June 1-3), and finally wrapping it up in Toronto from June 4-6.

In case you lost count, that’s 30 games in 32 days, with 23 of those 30 games coming against teams with winning records.

Whew.

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I just wanted to share a quick piece of info I got from Sportscenter just now.  With Carlos Delgado, David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Johan Santana (among others) on the disabled list, the Mets have a total of $82.8 million in salary on the DL.  That’s more then 18 other teams total payrolls.

Ouch.

I’m still stoked after the game that just ended a couple of minutes ago. I was tweeting about it all night (and thanks to those of you who read the tweets). A lot of things happened tonight.

Chien-Ming Wang finally recorded his first win of the season by going 5.1 innings and allowing 4 hits and 2 runs while walking 3 and striking out 3.

Robinson Cano had three rally killers. Two double-plays and one ground out with the bases loaded. It was not a good night for him.

There should NEVER have been a debate about who’s better: Rivera or K-Rod. Tonight, Rivera proved it through and through. K-Rod needed 38 pitches to get through 3 outs. He was pitiful tonight.

Continuing about K-Rod, he walked the bases full and walked home Rivera’s first career RBI.

Finally, the big news of the night — Mariano Rivera registered his 500th career save. He is now one of the only two closers in the history of the game to do this feat. rivera

Oh yeah, the Yankees swept the Mets at their own park, going 5-1 in the season series. Yep, it should have been 4-2 in favor of the Yankees, but a win is a win.

Tonight was a dismal night for the Mets. Starting in the first inning with a stupid play by first baseman Murphy to try to throw out an advancing Derek Jeter at third (Jeter was safe), everything went down for the Mets afterwards.

With that play by Murphy, Tex doubled home Jeter and Swisher to make it a 2-0 game, then Jorge Posada hit a sac fly to bring home Tex. 3-0 before Wang even takes the mound.

Wang was decent tonight. His velocity was averaging 94, but there still isn’t enough sink on his sinkerball and slider.

Jeter hit a lead off double off the wall, followed by Tex’s double two players later. A-Rod would go 1 for 1 with three walks to raise his average to .232.

The funny thing here is that the Mets actually outhit the Yankees, 5-4, but they lost because of mental mistakes and the fatal top of ninth by K-Rod.

In the top of the ninth inning, Mets skipper Jerry Manuel brought in Francisco Rodriguez, only to see him throw 38 pitches, 18 for strikes and walk three batters (Rivera included) to give the Yankees the extra padding they needed to give Rivera his 500th.

The Yankees have now won five straight games back to the Atlanta series and they will have a day off tomorrow before going cross town back to Yankee Stadium to welcome the Seattle Mariners into town. Joba Chamberlain will take the mound.

With that win tonight and Boston’s loss to Atlanta, the Yankees have cut 2 games off their lead to climb 3 games behind the Sox in the standings. Toronto also lost, so they gained agame on the Blue Jays. Tampa won, (fifth straight) and they are two games behind the Yankees. The Yankees are currently the leaders in the wild card standings as we speak. Tonight was only the 75th game, so we still have July, August, and September left.

It was truly a great game tonight!

For the first time since 2003, the Yankees have clinched a ‘win’ in the Subway Series against the Mets.  After last night’s 5-0 victory, the Yankees have won 4 of the 5 games played.  Even if they lose tonight’s game, they still take the series.

Each season, the two teams play 6 games – 3 at Yankee Stadium and 3 at Shea Stadium Citi Taxpayers Field.

The Yankees took the first and third games at Yankee stadium two weekends ago, winning 9-8 and 15-0.  They won 9-1 Friday night and 5-0 last night.

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