Today is the Yanks first off day since May 31. That streak opened with a series win over the BoSox, continued with 3 of 4 from the ChiSox, and has now concluded with a 3-game sweep of the Bucs. Their record in that interval: 8-2. Boston has gone 4-6 in that span, and their lead has shrunk from 13.5 (had been 14.5) to 9.5. That’s still a hefty lead, but at least we’re in the rear-view mirror now, and in 2nd place in the division. The Yanks made hay over this weekend against the weak Pirates while the Sox were on the road against Arizona, where they lost yesterday to our old friend Randy Johnson. In the best possible scenario for the Yanks, the Unit is still beating the Sox (Thanks!), and we’ve got Roger Clemens. Tomorrow work gets a bit tougher for the Yanks, and things a bit easier for the Sox. Those Diamondbacks come to The Stadium with their excellent pitching staff and a handfull of hitters—some familiar, some not—putting up big numbers. The Sox face the Rockies, who are surprisingly close to .500, even after dropping 2 straight to the O’s. For a day, though, the Yanks can feel good about themselves. Especially Alex Rodriguez, who was a monster yesterday with two dingers and a smash-up play at the plate, and Bobby Abreu, who seems to have left his slump behind. Onward and upward.