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ALCS 2010: Which Members of the New York Yankees Deserve the Blame?

days ago, I would have said Joe Girardi. Actually, I would have shouted it. I thought he had made one of the biggest blunders in managing history.

It was Game 4 and A.J. Burnett was on the mound and he actually had a lead. The Yanks were up 3-2 in the top of the sixth inning and Nelson Cruz was standing on second base. He had wisely tagged on a deep fly ball out by Ian Kinsler.

Burnett only needed one more out to escape a mildly stressful inning and he had only thrown about 96 pitches at that point. With David Murphy coming to the plate, I'm really not all that worried. In fact, I don't think anyone is all that worried.

But Girardi looked at the matchups, saw first base open, and gave Murphy a free pass to the lonely base so Burnett ...

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