At 1:45 Eastern time on Saturday as the Red Sox were putting an ass whopping on A.J. Burnett, NY Daily News writer Bill Madden wrote the following:
Do you think the Yankees, who are a major-league best 26-8 since the break, have had a chance to notice who might be standing in their way for a trip to baseball's Nirvana? That would be the Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem... Now that they've managed to obliterate that 0-8 start against the Red Sox, the Yankees seemingly have become masters of their universe - with one notable exception, the Angels, who sent them packing in the first round of the '02 and '05 division playoffs and, when last seen, swept them to end the first half of this season. They'll see each other four times in September, three of them in Anaheim, but come October, it is looking as if the Yankees, in their quest to get back to the World Series for the first time since 2003, may well have to show they can beat the Angels.