yankeestwitterOk I am a sucker for a good contest and most contests are to easy. The simple trivia contest is no longer a test of ones knowledge of the game but a test on who can use google the fastest to obtain the correct answer. So our contest is one that I will judge the winner based on creativity and effort. We are looking for a new header to go atop  YOM and your mission is to design one. The deadline is the end of the World Series. The winner will receive a semi-fabulous prize that I haven’t decided on Yet. But rest assured it will be something good. Perhaps a semi valuable card from my baseball card collection or some other piece of valuable merchandise. But if nothing else you will have the rights to gloat to your friends and family that you designed the header for one of the top Yankees sites on the web.

On with the show. Yes 10 is the magic number for the Yankees clinching a playoff birth. any combination of Yankee wins and Red Sox losses that add up to this number and the envelope is sealed. AJ Burnett will try and move that number to 9 tonight as The Yankees begin a west coast road trip against the Seattle Mariners. I am hoping for an appearance from Mariano Rivera tonight as he needs only 2 strike-outs to reach 1000 for his career.  The Yankees are 5-2 against the Mariners this year but they are Facing Felix Hernandez (King Felix) who is one tough cookie. At 15-5 with an ERA of 2.52 you gotta show this young gun a ton of respect. AJ has been inconsistent of late. Needless to say the accuscore system has Seattle’s chance of victory tonight at 59%. Good thing I don’t believe in gadgets. Here is your starting lineup:

YANKEES (94-53)
Jeter SS
Damon LF
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Matsui DH
Swisher RF
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C

Jorge Posada will continue with the second game of his suspension and will be unavailable. I’m not sure why Brett Gardner is not getting the start against a team not known for throwing out a lot of base runners. The Bombers have 4 guys with 25 or more Home Runs. I will be updating the game live via twitter so if you are not a follower make sure you add us, user name Yankeesmagazine.