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The Yankees American League East lead has dropped to 5 ½ games as I write this. It still sounds good, but it was 9. The Yankees have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games and lost 4 straight.

Losing 2 out of 3 to the Red Sox over the weekend really wasn’t a surprise. The two teams always play tight no matter where they are in the standings.

Now, the news for the Yanks is injuries. Alex Rodriguez has a fracture in his left hand and Mark Teixeira has a wrist injury.

These are not good signs moving forward. The Yankees need to be healthy. We have a good bench, but how do you replace ARod and Tex in one week. Nick Swisher is back and Joba Chamberlain is back. Hopefully, Tex won’t be out longer than one week. It is rumored he will be back Friday.

I would hate to see the Yankees collapse like the Red sox did last year.

I think the General Manager Brian Cashman should have tried to snag a pitcher like Zach Grienke or Ryan Dempster at the trade deadline. Injuries have proven you can never have too many of those.

Andy Pettitte is on schedule for an early-September return.

We did get third baseman Casey McGehee from Pittsburgh for reliever Chad Qualls. McGehee, 29, is hitting.230 with eight homers and 35 RBIs in almost 300 plate appearances. Qualls pitched in 8 games for New York.

I’m not sure McGehee is the answer. I’d rather see Eric Chavez at third.

The lone bright spot in pitching has actually been Freddy Garcia. Garcia, a RHP, is 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA in six starts since moving back into the rotation July 2. I expected his ERA to be over 6.

If the Yankees get past Baltimore without losing any more ground (after losing the first two games in bad fashion), the weekend should be easier at home against Seattle. I expect the Yankees to look much more like themselves this weekend and would not be surprised to see a sweep. At least that is what I’m hoping.

Ichiro Suzuki gets to see his former team yet again. Suzuki hit the 100th home run of his career on Monday and has hot safely in every game played as a Yankee. He is certainly doing an admirable job.