The Yankees entered Thursday some 2 1/2 games back in the hunt for a wild-card spot. Be that as it may, New York's road to the postseason is much tougher than it appears. Why? In part because the Yankees are behind three other teams, including the surging Mariners and Astros.

Oh, and then there's the news that Masahiro Tanaka -- author of one of the best second halves in the sport -- will miss his next start and be shut down for five days due to a small strain in his right flexor mass:

We'll have more on this story as it develops.