(Sports Network) - Time appears to be running out for the New York Yankees.
They try to keep their fading postseason hopes alive on Friday when they open
a three-game series with the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium.
New York's postseason hopes took a huge hit this past week, as it dropped two
of three to lowly Toronto culminating with a 6-2 loss on Thursday at Rogers
New York scored in just three of 27 innings in this series and has managed
just 13 runs in dropping five of six, a slide that has damaged its hopes for
obtaining one of the AL's wild card berths. The Yankees trail Tampa Bay and
Texas by 3 1/2 games for the two available spots
"It's tough," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "They're all tough at this
point. We haven't swung the bats that well for the last week."
The Yankees did receive a solo homer from Curtis Granderson, with Robinson
Cano going 2-for-4 with a double in the setback.
Hiroki Kuroda (11-12) lost his fifth consecutive decision after surrendering
three runs on eight hits over six innings.
Heading to the hill for the Yankees on Friday will be former AL Cy Young Award
winner CC Sabathia, who has lost his last two starts and is 13-13 with a 4.90
ERA. The big left-hander was roughed up by Boston on Saturday, as he allowed
five runs and nine hits in six innings.
"It's very frustrating, because everybody keeps telling me I'm close, but I
don't see it," Sabathia said. "I want results and I know the team wants
results. I know the fans want results. It's just tough not being able to
Sabathia, who has won his last three starts at home, has beaten the Giants
both times he has faced them, but will be making his first start against them
since 2008 while with Milwaukee.
San Francisco, meanwhile, will counter with a former Cy Young winner of its
own in Tim Lincecum, who appears to be ending the season on a high note.
Lincecum is 4-0 with a 3.77 ERA over his last five starts. It's his best
stretch since a five-game streak from April 5-May 15, 2010.
Lincecum, who has never faced the Yankees, is 10-13 with a 4.40 ERA on the
year. He's also two strikeouts shy of becoming the seventh pitcher to get
1,500 with the Giants, and the first since Gaylord Perry in 1971.
San Francisco, which will be the first team to finish with a losing record the
season after winning the World Series since St. Louis in 2007, took two of
three from the New York Mets and has won five of six.
The Giants haven't faced the Yankees since taking two of three from them back
in 2007. San Fran, though, lost two of three in its only other trip to the
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