Further proof that Joe Girardi is the Frank Burns of AL managers; he has forbidden the Yankees to eat candy or gum. Yes, that should turn the tide. New York would have four or five more World Series trophies if not for the evil of Skittles. Girardi is being really strict about this.

The Yankees contacted the visiting clubhouse manager of every stadium where they play and asked that the candy and ice cream be removed before the team comes to town. The clubhouse in Tampa Bay replaced all the candy with nuts, dried fruit and granola. It was hilarious to watch as guys smuggled in candy bars and ate them furtively at their lockers.

It's easy to picture this if you think of Joba Chamberlain as Hurley from Lost.

Other ways you know the Yankee candy ban is serious:

• Instead of cork, hollowed-out bats now contain Reese's Pieces.

• Mussina doctoring pitches with chocolate hidden under brim of cap.

• Peppermint jocks.

• Steinbrenner laying off Oompa Loompas right and left.

• Jason Giambi tests positive for nougat.

Eat Healthy, Play Better? [LoHud Yankee Blog]