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Hitting woes plague Yanks during skid

5/16/2011

New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter didn't say much after Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

But what he did say was right on the money.

"We're not hitting right now," said Jeter, who went 0-for-4 on Sunday and is still 35 hits shy of 3,000 for his career. "And we need to start hitting. It's not any more complicated than that."

On Sunday, the Yankees mustered just two hits after the second inning. During their five-game losing streak, they've scored just 17 runs (3.4 per game) and gone 7-for-44 (.159) with runners in scoring position.

In their three-game series sweep at the hands of the Red Sox, 3-4-and-5 hitters Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano combined to go 6-for-34 with 12 strikeouts and one extra-base hit.

Teixeira, who snapped an 0-for-6 slid with RISP with a first-inning RBI single, has just two hits in his last 14 at-bats in those situations.

In six games versus the Red Sox this season, the Yankees are batting an abysmal .216 (44-for-204) as a team.

And no surprise, they're 1-5 in those games.

"There's too much talent in this clubhouse," Rodriguez said. "We're excited about turning [over a new] leaf and moving forward to playing good baseball."