What a difference a couple of superstars makes. After last night’s victory, the Yanks have won 6 straight and 8 of 10. The return of A-Rod, who’s been flat raking, and Posada, have rejuvenated the lineup. Damon is leading the league in hitting, Giambi is back to being one of the best offensive players in the game (!), Matsui is Matsui (though he’ll sit out for a day or two with a sore knee), and even Robinson Cano has started to hit. They’ve come out of this collective slump facing some strong pitching (Oakland in Oakland, Oswalt, Peavy last night). The weak bats of those opponents have made the pitching staff look pretty good. Today, Joba takes the hill, with a pitch count over the century mark. Comment here on that action, or, if you’re so inclined, the Germany-Portugal Euro 08 quarterfinal.