New York Yankees defeat Oakland Athletics, 9-3

August could have taken the Yankees off the post-season expressway.

It was a month with only two scheduled off-days and five series against winning teams, but the fortunes of several Bombers turned during it.

Andy Pettitte wasn't able to return from a groin injury, Alex Rodriguez was lost with a calf strain, Javier Vazquez pitched poorly enough to lose his spot in the starting rotation and A.J. Burnett threw like a human piñata.

Still here they are: alone in first pl...