Five quick links to start your day ...
1. Because three straight not-awful starts by Carl Pavano will even make a marooned and thirsty man an optimist.
From The Pride of the Yankees:
It's not entirely impossible, is it? ( Okay, it probably is).
But after three wins in a row, the Yanks are now only two games behind the Twins for second in the wild card race. And they have three more games against the Red Sox, whom they still trail by seven. If they can actually beat the Angels for once (three games next week), they might be in decent shape come that final season series with the Sox. (Have we ever mentioned we consider ourselves optimists?)
Crazy, yes? But let's allow the Yankees fans out there a few more gasps of fresh air. [NJ.com]
2. The NY Post estimates that businesses near Yankee Stadium could lose as much as $141 million with the Yankees missing the playoffs this season. Of course, it's not possible to feel sorry for these people, seeing as how they've had many an October of rolling around in money. [UATG]
3. Why Hawk Harrelson and Ozzie Guillen should snap out of their usual "Oh, woe is we, we're playing the Twins" moping. [Sox Machine]
5. Ex-Leafs goalie Curtis Joseph gets better reception at Rogers Centre than debut of Blue Jays super prospect Travis Snider. Broadcaster says Jays fans should be "ashamed" of themselves. In other news, hockey pucks are black, skate blades are sharp. [Out Of Left Field]