The Yankees played .667 baseball through their first 81 games of the season. But after going into the All-Star break having lost six of their last 14 games, they remain hungry for more.
"Ultimately we have to be better if we want to win the division and get to where we want to be, which is to win the World Series," Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, after Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians. I'm pleased with the way that we played in the first half, but I'm not pleased that we're not in first place in the division."
Since outslugging the Red Sox 11-1 in their series finale on July 1, the Yankees have gone 8-6. Boston, meanwhile, won 12 of its last 13 games heading into the All-Star break, as the Yankees moved from a first-place tie to 4 1/2 games back. The defending champion Astros, since July 1, have gone 9-4 and own the second-best record in baseball.
That said, Yankees manager Aaron Boone isn't focused on the standings in July.