As the Yankees offense has become fond of scoring one run per game, it hasn't left the team worried about what's suddenly become one of the American League's lowest-scoring units.
"I'm not concerned. We're what, two games out of first place and it's June 1," Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner said. "I don't think anybody in this room is concerned."
Following Saturday's 11-1 loss to Boston, the Yankees have now scored one run in four of their past six games dating back to Monday, losing all four of those games. In their last eight games, they have not topped four runs, tallying a total of just 19 runs in that stretch while going 2-6.
"Tomorrow is a new day. One of the biggest things I've learned from being here and being around guys like Derek Jeter is once the game's over with, show up tomorrow and it's a brand new day and try to win the series," Gardner said. "We got whooped up on tonight pretty bad and didn't get much going on offense, they hit a couple of long balls that really hurt us, and just not a good game."
Saturday, the Yankees had just six hits, and despite working Felix Doubront over the first two innings, offered little resistance. The Yankees left two men on base in each of the first two innings, but couldn't get much going over the final seven frames. Their lone run came in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, but even then they weren't able to capitalize on back-to-back singles to start the frame.
"That guy [Doubront] was on his game tonight against us. Just tip your hat to him," Yankees catcher Chris Stewart said. "We felt like we put good at-bats together. The first three innings he was up to 60-something pitches so we're making him work at least and he was able to get out of some situations and able to settle down after that. There's not much you can really do at that point. We went about our game plan early and it just didn't work tonight."
NO WALKS: Reliever Preston Claiborne became the first Yankees pitcher since 1916 to not walk a batter in his first 11 career appearances coming as a reliever only. Claiborne pitched 1⅔ scoreless innings, striking out a pair of hitters.
"He's been really good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Every situation we've put him in he's been really good and he's thrown strikes, and he's throwing strikes with three different pitches. His velocity is good. His location has been good. He's just got the job done."
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NO CONCERN FOR VERNON: Vernon Wells went 0-for-4 on Saturday and is now hitting .127 over his last 14 games dating back to May 16. Wells is mired in a 7-for-55 slump.
"He'll come out of it, I'm not concerned about that," Girardi said. "I think Vernon's going to come out of it. He swung the bat pretty good last night for us."
Wells got off to a hot start, hitting 10 homers and 23 RBIs by May 15, but he has just one RBI since then and has struggled to get on base.