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So this Arod fellow, he's pretty good at baseball.

And the Yankees, while they didn't make up any ground on the Red Sox, they did pick up a game on the Rays.  I've got my eyes on the prize until someone else clinches.

And Jose Veras remains the (pleasant) surprise of the season.  The 27 year-old has allowed 33 hits in 40 IP.  His 16 walks are high, but his 42 Ks cover that up.  Hitters are slugging only .373 against him this season.

How's this for a weird line?  .167/.444/.667, 12 ABs, 5 BB, 2 HBP, 2 singles, 2 HR.  That's Jason Giambi's week.

I think Mussina wants to come back to the Yanks, and I think the Yanks have to bring him back.  This isn't luck- he's changed his approach, has both curveballs working for him, and is inducing a ton of groundballs.  While he didn't get the win last night he brought his season to 147.1 IP, 3.30 ERA, 1.21 WHIP.  Can you believe he has a 5:1 K:BB ratio?  101K against 21BB.

And one last Derek Jeter thought.  I know he's the most macho man in any room, despite the perfume.  I know that if he played for the A's or the Twins he'd be lauded in the press as "gritty" and "old-school."  But the last time he got hurt by a pitch (wrist) it put him in a month long slump.  He was limping last night and had to come out of the game; don't you think it'd be a good idea to take the day or two to be sure everything is ok before lacing 'em up again?