The Yankees were tough to beat yesterday. That’s what they need to be every day and every night for the rest of the year. This brawl of a season must finish with grinding at bats and Mariano Rivera’s exploding fastball.
“We know what we need to do,” Derek Jeter said. “Everyone understands that each game is important.”
Yesterday seemed even more important after dropping the previous two games in Baltimore. They jumped out to an early lead, but the Orioles kept scratching back. Even a five-run eighth inning couldn’t put the game away. Rivera had to end it with a disappearing fastball.
It was one more tough win for a team that needs to be tough to beat.