ANAHEIM, Calif. — Look at it this way:
If the Yankees’ season were a basketball game, they’ve been hit with a tough whistle early in the game. A batch of starters are in foul trouble, and need to sit until halftime, and so there is only one goal in mind: don’t let things get out of hand.
John Chaney, the great Temple coach was the first one who implemented a steadfast rule that if you get a second foul in the first half you sit: no questions, no negotiations, no bargaining.
“I’ve never won a game in the first half,” Chaney once said, “but I’ve damn well lost more than my share in the first half. You gotta cut your losses and be ready to pounce. And there ain’t no pouncing if you go into halftime with three and four fouls.”
The Yankees continued to perform some mystical baseball magic Tuesday night, winning for a fifth straight time, and seven out of eight, surviving a bullpen meltdown for the third straight day in handing a 7-5 beating of the Angels thanks to some brilliant pitching from Domingo German and Luis Cessa and some timely hitting by the likes of Mike Ford and Thairo Estrada (and, yes, the odds you could’ve gotten for writing THAT paragraph before the season started were about a zillion to one).