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Yankees coming up short when it counts

After losing five of six to Texas and Tampa, there's reason to be concerned in the Bronx

Updated: September 16, 2010, 10:30 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- If only the New York Yankees could hit in the clutch as well as Derek Jeter can act.

The Yankees now are 0-for-2 in playoff-preview series because they can't hit when it counts anymore. On Wednesday, Yankees starter Phil Hughes nearly pitched perfectly, except for two pitches to Tampa Bay Rays DH Dan Johnson. Johnson hit a pair of two-run homers, and the Yankees lost 4-3.

The Rays are atop Major League Baseball again. They are the ones who own ...

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