The Yankees needed that one.  They needed to feel good about themselves again and they desperately needed a win.  A-Rod got them that with two swings of the bat and the Yankees’ weekend took a dramatic turn for the better.

Let’s start with Boston and Tampa both losing.  The Yankees now have a 1/2-game lead on Tampa and a 7-game lead on Boston.  The Tampa lead is insignificant at this point, but with the Rays and Yankees set to play four-straight next week, the Yankees need to keep a healthy lead on Boston.  

Add in the fact that AJ Burnett pitched well and the Yankees have a lot of reasons to smile today.  Now they need to use this a springboard towards a winning streak.