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ALCS 2010: New York Yankees’ Season on the Brink After Game 4 Loss

Burnett was pitching well until Bengie Molina sent the first pitch he saw in the sixth inning into the left field seats for a three-run homer and a 5-3 lead, one the Rangers would never relinquish en route to a 10-3 victory in Game 4 and a 3-1 American League Championship Series lead.

I don't have any problem with manager Joe Girardi leaving Burnett in to face Molina. After all, up to that point, the right-hander had allowed just two runs on five hits over five-and-two-thirds innings and had thrown fewer than 100 pitches. Is that really a line that screams "take him out?"

He just made a bad pitch.

However, the decision to intentionally walk David Murphy right before Molina is somewhat curious. It's certainly not the worst move Girardi ...

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