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Girardi, 'pen write off AL East lead

Yankees manager had relief options in extra innings and chose ... Gaudin and Mitre?

Updated: September 14, 2010, 3:22 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- These are definitely not George Steinbrenner's New York Yankees anymore.

Imagine if "The Boss" of his heyday were still around. Just think about the consequences if, in Steinbrenner's adopted hometown, the manager of the Yankees decided that second place was good enough.

The meeting in the Boss' office would be short, probably a three-word get-together: "Joe, you're fired!"

Instead, Yankees manager Joe Girardi -- who opted for prudence ...

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