New York Yankees defeat Washington Nationals, 5-3

For the past week, the Yankees have been playing high-pressure games against the Red Sox and Mets.

How could the Bombers possibly get revved up Tuesday night for the lowly Nationals?

For a while, it appeared they hadn't, but a late rally that has become a staple of the 2009 Yanks gave them a 5-3 win and saved them the embarrassment of losing to a team challenging the 1962 Mets for baseball futility.

"Our club knew that this club can score runs and do a lot of things,...

Lately Brian Bruney has been making more news with his mouth than with his arm. Just ask the Mets' Frankie Rodriguez.

Now that Bruney has been activated after a second stint on the disabled list with a strained right elbow flexor, the Yankees hope their eighth-inning man will make news as the bullpen bridge to Mariano Rivera.

"I was joking around with CC (Sabathia) before the game and I said, 'Hey, just leave me a hitter, man,'" Bruney said.

Sabathia obliged, work...