BOSTON -- He is like the sage in the locker room, just sitting back, telling the young men around him that this is what the game sometimes brings.
"We've been tested," Mariano Rivera said when asked about all the Yankees' injuries, including Derek Jeter's. "And we have to pass the test. We have a captain and the first day he comes back, he goes down. It is like when you are a teacher and give your kid a toy and then in the afternoon you take it back. It was hard. At the same time, we have to fight. It is not easy. No one says this is easy.
"We have the second half now. We still have to fight with what we have. We can't sit and wait for help. We need to do it and do our job. You have to take the best from everybody."
Do you have enough?
"Definitely, you need those guys back," Rivera said. "Again, they are not ready yet. We have to do it with what we have. What we have, if we do what we did the first two months, we are capable. You guys saw it. We are capable to do it. So therefore, yes, we can do it."
ON DECK: The Yankees will try to keep fighting when they face the Red Sox a little after 4 p.m. The game is on Fox and ESPN Radio. The pitching matchup is Hiroki Kuroda (8-6, 2.65) versus John Lackey (7-6, 2.78).
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Can the Yankees overcome all the injuries?