It happened on Friday night, in the middle of another in a series of epic beatdowns that seem to be taking place in the new Yankee Stadium since the second half began. For the first time since the Yankees clinched a playoff berth in Anaheim on Tuesday, the seventh inning stretch did not feature the grainy, campy 1900s stylings of Kate Smith doing "God Bless America." I was already smiling wide. áOur magic number to clinch the division was down to five, and soon to be three. áThe Yankees were up 9-3 and had beat the living hell out of the man the baseball world is calling the Red Sox' number-one starter. áJoba Chamberlain had done a yeoman's job against the second-toughest opposing lineup the American League could throw at him and quieted his doubters down, at least to the usual New York ...
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