Cashman: We intend to win the East

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- GM Brian Cashman is in town on this trip, not only to keep an eye on his struggling team but to deal with a family issue, and before tonight's game he chatted with the beat crew for about 15 minutes in the dugout.

The gist? We're going through a tough stretch, but we still expect to win the division.

"We intend to win the American League East," Cashman said. "That's what we expect to do and that's what we intend to do. Buckle up -- it's going to be a hell of a ride this last month."

Cashman said he was "open" to the possibility of adding another player or two for the final 27-game stretch, but was not "actively looking" for anyone.

"I'm never not open to anything that could help us out," he said. "But I still believe all our answers are right here. Despite how we've played recently, I think all our answers are right here in front of us, and in that clubhouse."

And the GM offered this nugget to suffering Yankees fans: "I would tell them to hang in. We're going to sprint this one out and do them proud."