Oakland keeps winning so the Yankees must run hard through Sunday's finish line in order to retain home field for the play-in game next Wednesday. New York sends Luis Severino after his 19th win tonight. Tampa counters with Jake Faria, who went 3.1 innings in a win over NY a few weeks ago. The game is on ESPN. Gary Sanchez seemingly wrapped up the MLB championship for passed balls last night, accruing two in a 4-1 victory. He now has 17. Gary's ability to fall asleep between pitches is a key to his success in missing pitches that don't hit him in the face mask. Mike Stanton changed his name back to Giancarlo after last night's game, even though his one hit in four trips was an improvement over recent efforts. In related news, Yoan Moncada sat out Chicago's game last night. He leads Stanton in strikeouts, 210-206. By the way, Stanton and Aaron Judge have combined for just 61 homers this season, well below expectations. Amazing that this team is still challenging the all-time record for home runs in a season. What a tribute to the cozy confines of Yankee Stadium. Every spot in the batting order from 1-8 has at least 20 homers except for No. 9, which has 19. Heard that on the YES telecast last night. In another positive note, the back end of the bullpen is looking good again. Chad Green, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Zach Britton are four power arms to fear. Chapman showed off his best slider of the season last night, according to David Cone. One benefit of taking a three-week break is pitchers can work on secondary pitches. Chapman's velocity is down to 98 right now. He may be protecting the knee by not using max effort. The Yanks are trying to find their offense. Judge doubled last night. He has six more games to get back up to game speed. Does the wrist still hurt? Has he lost a little bat speed? Hard to tell. Judge never admitted his shoulder hurt last year, until he underwent surgery. This could be a similar situation. This is a good team that fights hard, as last night's game attests. Brett Gardner ran into a wall to save two runs. Sanchez caught a combined two-hitter thrown by eight different pitchers. That can't be easy on a catcher. Boone is sticking by him, not even letting Romine in the game late last night for defensive reasons. We pick them apart every night but this is a team that could up its game in the playoffs, just like last year.