|CC Sabathia in his first win of September on the road in Minnesota.|
The magic number to win the American League East is at eight, while a playoff spot is much closer only four games out.
CC Sabathia's second half in 2012 has not been as dominant as he has been in previous years, but in his last two starts he has struck out 21 hitters and is looking brilliant. He picked up his first win since August 24th. He struggled in early in the month, but his ERA is down to 3.86 for September.
Run support was not an issue as the Yankees received help from a two-run homerun by Chris Dickerson in the sixth inning was just extra from the RBI hits by Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher, and Curtis Granderson in the third. Swisher is 11 for his last 30 in the last seven days.
A step forward in the right direction, Brett Gardner entered the game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement. No sign of injury or discomfort was reported as he did not complete a play on the field.
The Yankees now head to Toronto for their last road series of the year with four games against the Blue Jays. The Baltimore Orioles will stay home to face the Red Sox in a three game series.