With a fully rested Mariano Rivera and knowing that allowing a run causes an immediate loss, it only makes sense for Girardi to call for Aaron Laffey and Luis Ayala. After all, reserving the greatest relief pitcher of all-time for a save that never happened makes much more sense than when the game is actually on the line.

And naturally, no MSM writer will question his moves until he’s been gone from the Yankees for four years. How provocative!

Meanwhile, the Red Sox continue to lose and the Yankees are achieving no additional separation.

Management skills.