Found September 16, 2013 on NESN.com:
The Yankees entered Friday night’s series opener in Boston in the thick of the wild card race. They left Fenway Park on Sunday night three games out of the last playoff spot, dropping their season record against Boston to 6-13 after a weekend sweep in which they were outscored 22-7. New York is now 79-71 with just 12 games remaining in its season. Injuries and ineffective pitching could certainly be blamed for their fold at Fenway, but manager Joe Girardi — who was flummoxed Saturday by how the Red Sox have stopped the Yankees’ progress before — didn’t pull any punches Sunday, choosing instead to put it on the players. Girardi held a postgame meeting with the team during which he delivered a “stern” message that he was disappointed with the players’ effort, according to the New York Times. “We stunk here,” Girardi told reporters afterward. “We didn’t play well here. But we’ve got options. We can either continue to stink or play better. If we play better, we have a shot.” The Yankee
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