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The Yankees lead the Mets by two games, three in the loss column

Hoping to hop a plane to Tampa this morning - it is foggy out, and my flight already is delayed - so I gotta make this one quick.

I attended the Yankees' loss to the Red Sox last night, and after the game, I wondered whether the Rays could awaken the Yankees

The Yankees are just in one of these out-of-sync funks at the moment. You can't kill their offense, not after it jumped to a 4-1 lead against Boston's Jon Lester. On this night, though, Freddy Garcia reminded us that, while you admire his competitiveness, he simply lacks shutdown stuff.

And then you throw in Alex Rodriguez's salute to Bill Buckner in the seventh inning and a failure to get a big hit against the Boston bullpen - man, you feel like Nick Swisher just has no chance in a spot like the seventh inning last night - and you have yourself a five-game losing streak.

I think they'll be all right. Track records and all that. I'm not sure this is the ideal time to promote Jesus Montero; you'd be thrusting him right into the spotlight. If things don't improve, however, Montero is the obvious, internal fix, as it's too early to make a trade.

For Newsday's first edition, I wrote about Jorge Posada, and specifically how he's still a Yankee in 2011 because Yankees ownership gave him a greater commitment than Brian Cashman wanted to do, back in the 2007-08 winter.

Ownership also can take a bow for the contracts given to Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Soriano. Hal Steinbrenner really should reassess his motivations when he overrides his GM.

Not that Cashman is anywhere close to perfect, to be clear. But his mistakes have beeen less damaging. Sure, Kei Igawa is a walking punchline - he's spent more time in Scranton than Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and Stanley Hudson combined - yet $20 million over five years is pocket change for the Yankees. The same for Pedro Feliciano's $8 million over two years.

--Here's Erik Boland's news story on Posada.

--Derek Jeter defended his great friend and teammate Posada. I don't think Jeter would be quite as empathetic if, say, Swisher did what Posada did, or Johnny Damon. Joe Torre wrote in "The Yankee Years" that Jeter was livid, understandably, when Jason Giambi asked out of 2003 World Series Game 5.

But I can't fault Jeter for his words yesterday. It wouldn't have behooved the Yankees for Jeter to publicly scold Posada, who already had realized the error of his ways and apologized to Joe Girardi by the time we caught up with Jeter.

--Brett Gardner had a rough night. Maybe he just isn't meant to be a good bunter. Maybe he'd be better off just doing his thing in those at-bats. And his baserunning? Yeesh. On that, he has to get better.

--Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who has dealt with an aging David Ortiz and Jason Varitek, among others, can relate to the Yankees-Posada saga. The Red Sox were pleased to climb back to the .500 mark.

 --Okay, over to the New York team that has positive vibes. You know, the Mets, who thumped the Astros to complete a 4-2 road trip. Justin Turner retrieved the ball for his first major-league homer, Anthony Rieber writes, and it was an easy negotiation.

 The problem for these Mets, of course, has been putting together a sustained run, one that would allow them to climb back to the .500 mark, for starters. In that vein, the Marlins will present a good test these next two days. That is, if the weather permits the games to be played.

--Live chat Thursday at 2. No excuses for missing it. I've given you enough advance time.

--Have a great day. I'll try to check in later from The Trop, but can't guarantee it with the weather.

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