WHAT IT MEANS: Not that much. The Yankees had a chance to reduce their magic numbers and get Mariano Rivera the save record, but those will have to wait.
MAGIC NUMBERS: For the wild card, it is 8. For the division, it is 11. There are 14 games remaining.
WADE LOSES: Luis Rodriguez nailed a solo shot in the 12th off of Cory Wade.
NOVA-CAINE: Ivan Nova just dulled the Mariners' bats. Nova is legit. You may have already known that, but he is just becoming so consistent. Granted, this was against the Mariners, but still. Look at the numbers: He went 7 1/3, gave up just one run on five hits, with four walks (one intentional), and struck out five.
HOUDINI, AGAIN: All-Star David Robertson is awesome. In the eighth with the game tied, he relieved Nova with one out and men on the corners. He got Kyle Seager to fly out and then struck out Dutin Ackley looking. Robertson is your heir to Rivera.
TAKING THE SEVENTH TO THE NINTH: Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless ninth, thanks in part to a nice sliding catch from Brett Gardner, who ran a long way to make the play.
SWISH'S WISHES: Nick Swisher went yard, nailing a solo shot in the seventh to tie the game at 1. Jason Vargas had dominated the Yankees throughout the game, but Swish's swing deadlocked it. It was the last batter Vargas faced.
U ARE OUT: In the third, the Yankees almost scored when Eduardo Nunez nailed a double, but Andruw Jones, chugging along from first, was thrown out 7-6-2. A younger, lighter Jones probably scores easily.
CAPTAIN CONSISTENCY: Derek Jeter knocked a single in the sixth to give him 150 hits on the season. It is his 16th straight season with at least that many, which is the most in franchise history. According to Elias, it ties Pete Rose. Next up is Hank Aaron, who had an all-time high of 17.
... BUT NO 151: With two outs in the eighth, the scored tied at 1 and a runner on third, Jeter struck out looking on a nasty curveball from reliever Jamey Wright.
NO MONTE: In the ninth, the M's intentionally walked Swisher to get to Jesus Montero. With two men on, Montero struck out against Brandon League.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Yankees have an off-day on Thursday, then three in Toronto. The big stories will be Rivera's continued pursuit of Trevor Hoffman's save record and the return of Alex Rodriguez.
Your pitching matchups in Toronto are the following: Friday, CC Sabathia (19-8, 2.93) vs. Brett Cecil (4-9, 4.37). Saturday, Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.55) vs. Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 3.09). Sunday, Freddy Garcia (11-7, 3.71) vs. Dustin McGowan (0-0, 9.00).
QUESTION OF THE MORNING: Is Nova your ALDS Game 2 starter?