A word from Tampa Bay…

The very well-connected Gordon Edes is informing me, via his sources in St. Petersburg, Fla., that the Yankees, who face the Devil Rays and Scott Kazmir tonight are lagging a little bit after clinching a postseason berth last night. Some observers down there were astonished at how hard the team celebrated, especially compared to the muted toast the Sox made in the same ballpark when they clinched.

It seems the Yanks are pretty convinced it’s the only celebration they will get to have before October gets underway. And today they are taking their time getting to the ballpark. The last bus from the team hotel left at an unusually late 5:30 p.m., and the team is not taking batting practice. Their starting lineup still wasn’t posted as of a short time ago. Are the Yanks conceding the AL East?

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