Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'We're Not Giving Up'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

'We're Not Giving Up'

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TORONTO - Staggered by the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, the Yankees quietly acknowledged the daunting task of making a playoff run with nine games to go and several clubs to climb.

"It's pretty desperate - we'll see what we're made of," Mark Reynolds said after the last-place Blue Jays' 6-2 victory Thursday night had completed a losing, 10-game road trip for the Yankees. But there was still a measure of resolve left, and a six-game homestand to test that resolve beginning tonight.

The Yankees (80-73) slipped to 3 1/2 games behind in the chase for the final AL wild card.

"We've got to run the table [and] have a good homestand and go into Houston with a chance," Reynolds said of the Yanks' final three series against the Giants, Rays and Astros. "You can ask anyone in here, we're not giving up."

They had just absorbed a sledgehammer, when Adam Lind's towering, three-run homer off Joba Chamberlain gave Toronto a five-run lead in the seventh - an edge that seemed larger given the Yankees' offensive anemia.

In 27 innings at Toronto, the Yankees scored in three of them, including Thursday's ninth inning. It ended with Lyle Overbay grounding out with the tying run on deck, completing a 4-6 trip that began with three of four wins at Baltimore and turned with a three- game sweep at Boston.

"Offensively, we didn't help ourselves whatsoever," Vernon Wells said after the Yanks were outhit 10-5 Thursday night. "We know what we've got ahead of us. We need to swing the bats better and give our pitchers a chance."

Curtis Granderson's solo homer in the sixth was the only damage off Toronto starter Todd Redmond (4-2), hardly a household name, who yielded four hits in seven innings with a walk and seven strikeouts.

"It's not a time to reflect. It's a time to win games," said Alex Rodriguez (0-for-3, walk), mired in a 1-for-23 skid. "We're still in the mix. Somebody wants us in, that's for sure, because we keep getting help from other people. At some point we have to do it ourselves."

A-Rod wouldn't blame any physical issues and hopes to resume playing third base on this homestand.

Yankees' starter Hiroki Kuroda (11-12) struggled early, but lasted six innings and left a 3-1 game after No. …

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