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Notes: Losing games, not ground

6/30/2014

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees have lost six of their past eight games, so that has buried them in standings, right? Nope, they have only lost one game, because the Toronto Blue Jays have lost five of their past eight.

The Yankees are two games out of first place.

"We are all going through are issues, there is no doubt about it, in the division," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the team's latest loss, an 8-5 defeat to the Boston Red Sox. "As I said, it is probably going to come down to the end and it is going to be who handles the injuries the best. Obviously, we need to play better. I'm sure every club in our division says that."

In other words, the division stinks, so don't abandoned ship just yet.

Carlos looks healthy: Carlos Beltran went 3-for-4, finishing just a triple shy of a cycle.

"Hopefully, it gets him going," Girardi said.

His home run in the fourth was career No. 366, moving him into a tie with Lance Berkman for fourth on the all-time switch-hitting home run list. Mickey Mantle has the most with 536.

Beltran has been dealing with a bone spur in his right elbow and tightness in the forearm.

Kelley's struggles: So what happened to Shawn Kelley?

Kelley walked two batters and gave up a bloop two-run single to Dustin Pedroia in the fifth.

"I don't know," Girardi said. "He struggled tonight. He didn't look sharp. It is hard to say."

Gardner streaking: In his past 23 home games, Brett Gardner is batting .344 (31-for-90).