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Girardi botches ninth vs. White Sox

Instead of calling on Robertson, manager's 'mix-and-match' puts Yanks in a mess

Updated: June 29, 2012, 10:23 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The following column is being written with the approval and blessing of Joseph Elliott Girardi, the manager of the New York Yankees.

"Look, you guys can second-guess me all you want," Girardi says to me in a darkened hallway off the interview room at Yankee Stadium, where he has just attempted to explain the reasoning behind the use of his bullpen in the ninth inning of Thursday night's game against the Chicago White Sox, which led directly to a heart-stopping 4-3 loss.

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