Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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The New York Yankees have lived and died by the long ball for much of the season. An ability to consistently manufacture runs and a reliance on homers have been the overriding offensive factors in New York falling back to the pack in the AL East race since mid-July. As Nick Swisher put it, the Yanks found the right mix of "small ball and Bronx ball" in Sunday's crucial 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, which kept them one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East before a scheduled off day Monday. "We've talked about playing better baseball," manager Joe Girardi said, "and we're starting to do that. It's extremely important this time of year." Russell Martin ripped a three-run homer to cap a five-run rally in the third inning Sunday, but the first two runs of that uprising were borne from a walk and stolen base by young speedster Eduardo Nunez -- his first of three steals in the game -- and a key sacrifice bunt by Swisher, a little-used bit of strategy this season for ...
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