Baseball's version of waterboarding visits the Yankees tonight. Tampa Bay will start Hunter Wood and then empty its bullpen as the game evolves. Wood averages two innings per start. Two innings is considered a quality start in Tampa. Yanks are 6-6 against the Rays but have lost 5 of last 6 after starting off 5-0. J.A. Happ goes for NY. After two starts for his new team, Happ is now the ace. He throws strikes! The bullpen is rested because Brian Cashman told Boone and Rothschild to rest the key guys last night. If you don't believe Cashman is running the show, think again. Why did he fire Girardi and hire a TV announcer? Such a strange pennant race. Resting the bullpen and position players is a main priority because Boston is 10 games in front and Yanks are 3 1/2 games up on Oakland for first Wild Card. A's beat Seattle last night in a bit of WC infighting out West. Yanks are 4 games up on Oakland in the loss column and 7 ahead of Seattle. Tito Francona says that is a safe WC advantage. Tampa is 60-58 on the season. Kevin Cash would be Manager of the Year in most years but not with Alex Cora pressing all the right buttons in Boston. Game starts at 7:05. Coup and Crow will start complaining at 7:06. Have at it, boys.