Joe Girardi laughed off the question posed to him after Sunday's game about whether he might be ready to consider starting Hiroki Kuroda rather than CC Sabathia in Game 1 of a playoff series. The manager's reaction was understandable, considering the Yankees are in a see-saw battle with the Orioles for first place.

But the question, in some ways, summed up a sense around the Yankees that the crisis level had dropped dramatically over the course of a couple of days.