Aaron Boone on shrinking division lead: 'I don't sit there and think about this lead'

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With Thursday’s loss to the Blue Jays, the Yankee lead in the division is back down to single digits with the team showing little signs of reaching a light at the end of this dark tunnel that has stretched on since the All-Star break.

With the lead shrinking and three games to go this weekend against the Blue Jays, is Aaron Boone getting worried about the team’s once cozy lead atop the AL East?

“I don’t know about worry,” Boone said. “I worry about everything.

“This is about us playing well. If we play well, that takes care of itself. Obviously we haven’t played well enough in the last 10 days. I think it’s more a rough patch of us not playing well. We have to play better. But I don’t sit there and think about this lead.”

Many Yankee fans don’t share that sentiment, quickly growing concerned that the struggling Bombers could be setting themselves up for a monumental collapse with roughly six weeks to go in the regular season. Boone believes the team will be fine as long as it gets back to what it displayed through the first three months of the season, but over the past six weeks, they haven’t looked anything near the team that was rivaling the 1998 Yankees in terms of winning.

“It’s about us handling our business,” Boone said. “If we do that and play the game we’re capable of playing the rest of the way, we’ll be in good shape. But we have to be able to do that.”

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