Joe guts, Joe glory as Yanks claim first

Girardi pulls Bartolo in fifth, goes to Logan with bases loaded and MVP candidate at bat

Updated: August 6, 2011, 9:25 AM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- Manager of the Year candidate Joe Girardi wanted the Yankees' seven-game losing streak to the Red Sox to die Friday night. He wanted to take first place for himself and his team, hand the ball to CC Sabathia on Saturday and put some distance between his club and its biggest rival.

So Girardi made his gutsiest decision of the season.

With two outs in the fifth, he took out Bartolo Colon, who had allowed only two runs. As the Twitter mob roared in disapproval, ...

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