The Yankees had 32 plate appearances against A.J. Burnett and 25 of them were over in three pitches or fewer. Only four of those were strikeouts.
Joe Girardi defended his players, saying Burnett was able to get ahead of them. But the Yankees had little interest in grinding the opposing starter down, something that was once a hallmark of this team.
â€œIf we want to make the playoffs weâ€™ve got to be better,â€ said Andy Pettitte. â€œWe stink right now for the most part. As a team weâ€™ve kind of stunk it up lately.â€
Now 50-45, the Yankees are six behind Boston in the East. They gave it a run last year and settled for the wild card. What now?
“We have 67 games to get it right and do a lot of things,â€ Girardi said.
Heading for a flight back to New York. Check in tomorrow and Tuesday for lots of All-Star game coverage. We will be live blogging the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game itself.