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Despite Sweeping Boston, No Yankee Postseason

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Bronx, NY – There were no cheers or tears, but a half hour or so before the Yankees completed a three-game series sweep over the Red Sox with a 5-1 win, they were officially eliminated from the postseason when Baltimore beat Toronto.

“Not what we wanted,” said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. “It came to an end tonight. It was difficult. There were some good things that happened.”

Those good things were how the Yankees got themselves back in the thick of the things. They were 6.5 games behind in the division on August 1st and eight-games away from one of the Al wild card spots for the postseason at .500.

“You work a long time to try and get to this point in the playoffs and when you don’t get there it’s difficult,” Girardi said. “We didn’t score enough runs and gave up too many.”

One of those impressive points was CC Sabathia. The lefthander tossed 7.1 innings Thursday night gave up four hits and a run. His last start of the season was a victory and he completed 2016 9-12 with a 3.91 ERA. Sabathia also made his 30th start, the most since 2013.

When asked why the Yankees came up short, also attributed to a 9-13 start, Girardi said it was the inability to come from behind and failure to stay close with a bullpen that had struggles. In the end, a resurgence was attributed to rookie Gary Sanchez and his record 20 home runs in 51 games.

Three games remain on the Yankees schedule. The Orioles fighting for one of two wildcard spots visit the Bronx and Girardi plans to give some of his regulars time off, including Brett Gardner.  It will also be the final three games for Mark Teixeira who closes out his career as a New York Yankee.

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