There are four games left, but the Yankees have nothing to play for. Even tonight’s 8-3 loss to the Rays was ultimately meaningless. The Yankees were eliminated from the postseason before the end of the eighth inning when the Indians finished off their win against the White Sox. The Yankees will miss the playoffs for the second time in 19 years, with each of those letdowns coming during Joe Girardi’s six years as manager. Phil Hughes made likely his final start in pinstripes and didn’t get a single out in the third inning, being pulled after the first four batters reached base that inning. He was ultimately charged with three runs in two innings, and his replacement, David Huff, allowed four more runs in 3.2 innings. Of the six pitchers the Yankees used tonight, only one — Dave Robertson — was on the Opening Day roster. Eduardo Nunez and Robinson Cano had two hits apiece, but it was another relatively quiet night for the offense, leading to a quiet month of October.
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