So the dog days of Summer are upon the baseball season and how are the Yankees being treated...so far not good. They are 3-5 in August and have begun a 20 day consecutive game stretch. Though 3-5 isn't great they did face some decent competition. Started with the Rays, Jays, and Sox. They split with the Sox and in reality were in position to win all 4. They had plenty of opportunity to win even with Cervelli's error in the first game. Now off to Texas, home for Detroit and ending the 20 day stretch in Toronto (with KC and Seattle sandwiched in there somewhere). I could see them realistically going 10-6 over the next couple weeks and that should be good enough to maintain 1st place in the East. They finish the month by playing Chicago and Oakland (I believe Oakland has the best record in MLB since May).
The other thing favoring the Yankees is that the Rays just had 2 pitchers hit the DL with shoulder problems, while the Yankees are on the verge of getting healthier; Pettitte is due back and Aceves is officially starting his rehab stint tonight (scheduled to start and throw 1 inning).
As for the trade deadline moves...so far I like Kerry Wood out of the pen, Berkman showed life in the Sox series, and I don't think Kearns has seen enough action yet.
I can't see the Yankees trying to add a player like Guillen. If it's a big bat that somehow got through the waiver wire (ie Dunn)then maybe they would consider a claim, but I can't see that happening.