Impact of CC's injury

Sabathia's injury and Longoria's return open the door for streaking Tampa

Updated: August 13, 2012, 12:06 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | FanGraphs
CC SabathiaLeon Halip/Getty ImagesSabathia's elbow injury could slow the Yankees' march to a division title and hasten Tampa's.

The New York Yankees aren't exactly struggling. At 67-47, they have the second-best record in the American League and the fourth-best record in baseball. They rank second in the ESPN Power Rankings this week, giving them nine straight weeks in the top three of the rankings.

Yet, with CC Sabathia out again and the Tampa Bay Rays -- who rank 12th this week -- starting to catch fire, it's fair to wonder whether the AL East title is again on the table for the taking.