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New York Yankees Inside Pitch 2008-08-04

New York Yankees Inside Pitch 2008-08-04
The Yankees did a great job to rebound from a seemingly game-changing hit late Sunday, but they have to hope they won't need to do that a lot more often in the season's final two months.

For one thing, the Yankees have an uncertain eighth inning again with no clear-cut setup man -- and Edwar Ramirez did not seize the job when he gave up a two-out grand slam to the Angels' Mark Teixiera.

But what's potentially more unsettling is the fact Mariano Rivera was not available due to back spasms.

Both manager Joe Girardi and Rivera said they would check back on Monday and that they were not concerned.

"Not at all," Rivera said.

Of course, Rivera's competitiveness and refusal to flinch wouldn't necessarily allow him to admit it if he was concerned.

It was a great win against a team that has often owned the Yankees on Sunday, but that one footnote about Rivera could become a lot bigger if his back problems turn out to be more serious.

For now, they'll just hope he feels better Monday.

YANKEES 14, ANGELS 9: The Yankees salvaged a series split with a win in a wild game that featured 10 runs in the eighth inning. After Mark Teixeira put the Angels ahead 9-8 with a two-out grand slam in the top of the eighth, the Yankees scored six unearned runs, helped by a two-run single from Robinson Cano and three errors.

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