- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees manager Joe Girardi sat in the interview room wearing a pinstriped shirt. This one, however, was of the dress variety with a collar. There was no interlocking NY of the Yankees jersey.

And with good reason: No game to play Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Five days after the season ended too soon for an organization determined to win the World Series every year, Girardi cited “luck” 10 times as one of the reasons the offense repeatedly failed to get big hits from sluggers Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher throughout the five-game, first-round playoff loss against the Detroit Tigers.


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