Yankees Stumble Just as Deadline Arrives

July 31, 2012 12:00 AM

Yankees Stumble Just as Deadline Arrives

" When the Yankees got swept in a four-game series against Oakland, it was frustrating but not terribly worrisome because of the size of their divisional lead.

The same was true when the Yankees split their next six games, including a pair of final-inning losses to the Red Sox over the weekend. It was appealing to start running around wondering what was wrong with the Yankees, but not an entirely realistic take on the state of affairs.

Now they have lost the opener of a series with the Orioles and there's an opening for some serious hand-wringing because the team lost more than just the game on Monday night. They also lost Mark Teixeira to a wrist injury, robbing the team of another key player in a season that's been marked by how well they've dealt with missing stars.

The immediate future for Teixeira, who left in the seventh inning of the 5-4 loss, isn't known, but he won't play Tuesday and won't play before the non-waiver trading deadline "

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