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Yankees pull one out

Maybe you went to bed figuring the Yankees were toast Sunday night. Not a bad thought. The Dodgers had a 6-2 lead and were bringing in closer Jonathan Broxton -- who had given up three earned runs all season. Then everything changed. Someone named Chad Huffman had a two-run single. Someone else named Colin Curtis drove in the tying run on a fielder's choice. This isn't Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. This was Sunday night on ESPN.

When it was over, a four-run ninth had tied the game. Then Robinson Cano took George Sherrill deep to left-center for a two-run shot to left in the 10th for an 8-6 win. The Yankees now lead the AL East by two games over the injury-depleted Red Sox and by three games over the punchless Rays. The Dodgers, meanwhile, were stunned by the loss.

The Yankees return home Tuesday to host the Mariners as Phil Hughes meets Cliff Lee in a monster pitching matchup. Lee is rumored to be a prized target of the Mets although that talk might have taken a hit when prospet Jenrry Mejia left his start early at Double-A Binghamton with shoulder stiffness. Maybe it was too cold there for Mejia, who said last week he was happy not to go to Buffalo because it was too cold here. Heh. 

The Yankees are getting pitching coach Dave Eiland back Tuesday after he's been gone for a month on a leave for undisclosed personal reasons. A.J. Burnett sure seems to need some wisdom from Eiland as he's 0-5, 11.35 in June. Yikes.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington)


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