Even When Winning, Yanks Keep Losing

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The Rocket [won his 350th game] last night with a 5-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins, but he still couldn’t launch the Yankees any closer to the first-place Red Sox or second-place Blue Jays. In fact, despite the win, the Bronx Bombers spiraled farther down into the abyss of 2007. Alex Rodriguez, who for the [second straight day](http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/mrs__a_rod_is_a_bronx_f_bomber_regionalnews_dan_mangan_and_david_k__li.htm) made headlines for something other than his play, left the game in the sixth inning after straining his left hamstring while trying to beat out a double play. And although A-Rod generally attracts more outrage than [O.J. Simpson's book ideas](http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,230838,00.html), let’s be honest: without him, the Yankees would be in last place this season, instead of approaching last place.

Just to recap recent happenings: the Yankees have lost nine out of their last 12 games. They're [11 games behind] the first-place Sox. A-Rod’s wife is publicly telling New Yorkers and the New York Post, “Fuck you.” Pitcher Scott Proctor is [burning his equipment](http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=mlb&id=2922536) on the field. And Jason Giambi is [still being detained](http://www.nypress.com/blogx/display_blog.cfm?bid=2170820&day=27&startmonth=6&startyear=2007) by George Mitchell at an undisclosed location somewhere in the South Pacific. But look at the bright side New York, at least your [manager hasn’t quit](http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2922500) on you like someone else in baseball whose name rhymes with Mike Bargrove.

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