Girardi: We are still in it

July, 14, 2014

BALTIMORE -- The mediocre Yankees finished their first half in a very unsatisfying fashion -- losing a rain-shortened, five-inning game to the Orioles 3-1. It seemed about right, though, considering how the the first act of the season went down.

The Yankees (47-47) trail the Orioles by five games in the AL East with 68 games remaining. They are 3 1/2 games behind Robinson Cano's Seattle Mariners for the second wild card in the AL.


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"With everything we have had gone wrong, we are still in it," Joe Girardi said just after midnight, following Sunday night's loss. "That's the big thing. We have to take advantage of that when we get back to work on Friday."

The Yankees have work to do. Although the hitting has been particularly weak all season, it is hard to believe they can have a real run in them with a starting staff of Hiroki Kuroda, Shane Greene, David Phelps, Brandon McCarthy and Chase Whitley.

But that is what they will have to do until -- really if -- Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda return.

Girardi is right -- the Yankees are still in it -- but it might be harder to find too many people who give them much of a chance.

Rain, rain go away ...: Girardi said the forecast called for just a half-hour of rain, but then it never stopped.

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Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY SportsThe rain wouldn't stop Sunday at Camden Yards, forcing the Yankees to settle for a 3-1 loss.
"It is unfortunate," he said after the umpires waited two hours and 22 minutes to call the game just after midnight. "It is what it is, and you have to move on."

Well, actually, the rain did stop. By the time reporters returned to the press box, a little more than a half-hour after they called the game, there was no rain falling. Soon after, it began to pour again.

Girardi said he understood the decision because the forecast called for rain throughout the night.

"My preference is you would comeback and finish it," Girardi said. "It would be changing what [MLB] has done in the past. I think it is something to look at. We are coming back, so why don't we finish it?"

The Yankees have two more trips to Baltimore. Girardi's thought is not the worst idea, but when teams only visit a city once, they would not have the chance to finish games as seamlessly. The league probably can't have one set of rules for some games and another for others.

Jetting: Derek Jeter and Dellin Betances were jetting out late Sunday night/Monday morning on a private jet. Another thrill for Betances, who grew up as Bleacher Creature attending Yankee games.

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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Masahiro Tanaka
13 2.77 141 136
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146