First Pitch: Making some noise

August, 23, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The Yankees still need an incredible run to win the wild card or the division, but their fate is really in their own hands.

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The Yanks must go 25-10 to reach Joe Girardi's goal of 93 wins. Will they do it?

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In the AL East, they trail the Red Sox, Rays and the Orioles with 35 games to go. They face the Rays this weekend in a three-game series and have three more with them at home in late September. They play the first place Red Sox -- whom they trail by six games -- and the Orioles seven more times each. So that is 20 games against the teams they are trying to beat in the East.

Their other 15 games? They are all against last place teams. They have six more with the Jays and play the White Sox, Giants and Astros for three each.

So is 25-10 realistic the rest of the way? It just might be, which would leave them at the 93 wins that Joe Girardi thinks they need to make the playoffs.

UP NOW: My column on how David Ortiz may be right that the Yankees have awakened. Mike Mazzeo on A-Rod.

ON DECK: The three games in Tampa, include two night games and a day game. The pitching matchups: Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 2.41) vs. Chris Archer (6-5, 2.95). Saturday, CC Sabathia (11-10, 4.83) vs. David Price. Sunday, Ivan Nova (7-4, 3.17) vs. Alex Cobb. The great Wallace Matthews will be there to chronicle it all.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Do you believe?
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .291
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 58
OPSJ. Ellsbury .777
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135