2005_07_sjeter.jpgThe Yankees may be taking this idea of developing their farm system a little too seriously. Forced to start Tim Redding and Darrell May in the past week, the Yankees turned to prospect, Al Leiter, to pitch Sunday night. Since leaving the Yankees sixteen years ago, Leiter had won 148 games and three World Series. Sunday night he stymied the Red Sox leading the Yankees to a 5-3 victory while striking out a season-high eight.

Yes, the pitching is still a mess, the Yankees will rely on Kevin Brown’s creaky back tonight and career minor-leaguer, Aaron Small on Wednesday, but for the first time since April, the Yankees are a half game out of first place. The Orioles and Red Sox could have buried the Yankees in the standings and did not. All in all, things are pretty good in Yankeland this morning.

Unfortunately, the road trip doesn’t get any easier. First, it’s off to Texas for three games against the hot-hitting Rangers. Then, a four game set against the Angels, who look like the best team in the American League. Will the pitching hold up? Stay tuned.

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