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Lineup Flat As Yanks Get Swept by Boston

Published by on April 26, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

After a wasted 11-run explosion on Saturday, the Bombers' batters mustered just one run on seven hits in a 4-1 loss to the Red Sox Sunday night.

Justin Masterson deserves a lot of the credit, but New York's patchwork lineup is also to blame.

The Yankees are already hampered by injuries to a great hitter (Alex Rodriguez) and a good hitter (Xavier Nady), so when Johnny Damon (.311 average) showed up to Fenway park for the series finale with knee and shoulder pain, the Bombers knew they were in for a long night.

Joe Girardi chose to replace the second-leading hitter on the team with Brett Gardner (.220 average) at the top of the lineup.  The center fielder has a ton of speed, but until he star...

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