Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Pounded by Birds

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Pounded by Birds

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NEW YORK -- The mist swirled in the wind that whipped through Yankee Stadium. It was 56 degrees at first pitch, but it sure felt chillier. And the majority of the fans came disguised as empty seats for this Yankees-Orioles game on Friday.

The Yankees were eliminated from playoff contention the night before. So they were beginning the final series of the season with no stakes on the table unless a spoiler role appealed to them. Because the stakes were high for Baltimore, trying to nail down a wild card.

The Orioles ended up scoring a fifth-inning KO of Michael Pineda. Jonathan Schoop cracked a three-run shot in that six-run fifth and had a career-high-tying five RBI. Yovani Gallardo allowed a run and two of the Yankees' three hits over six. And Baltimore emerged with an 8-1 victory to take a one-game lead over Toronto for the first wild card with two games left.

"I don't blame [the fans] for staying home tonight; that was tough," Mark Teixeira said after beginning the final series of his career. "... Not ideal conditions, and we just didn't play well."

With the exception of Brett Gardner and Starlin Castro, the Yankees featured a lineup of regulars. But Girardi pulled five starters along the way. And the team announced during the game that Luis Severino will start today, not Masahiro Tanaka, following his forearm strain. His season is over.

"He's healthy, but it just doesn't make sense to us," manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees' four-game winning streak came to a halt. They fell to 83-77. This will be their third season in the last four without a postseason attached.

"We're all about trying to get to the playoffs and trying to win the World Series. Anything short of that is a disappointment," Gardner said before adding, "I think there's a lot of positives to take away from this season. …

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