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Yankees avoiding trade noise, focusing on winning

NEW YORK -- Are they buying or are they selling?

When it comes to the New York Yankees, that's what everyone wants to know.

But until they find out, the current iteration of the team is playing some pretty good baseball.

After starting 0-2 on its 10-game homestand, New York capped a 6-2 finish with a 5-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees (50-48) still find themselves 7 1/2 games back in the American League East and 4 1/2 games back in the wild-card race. On their homestand, they lost two out of three to Boston before taking three of four from AL East-leading Baltimore and two of three from San Francisco, which sits in first in the NL West.

"It just shows you we're capable of playing good baseball against the teams that are leading divisions," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We played three good teams and fared pretty well."

New York has had trade talks involving Aroldis Chapman with several contenders, but sources told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark that owner Hal Steinbrenner still hasn't given the go-ahead to general manager Brian Cashman to deal the flame-throwing closer, so nothing is imminent.

"If the team wants to trade me, they have final say," Chapman said.

New York's front office must weigh the team's recent success against previous failures that have it on the outside looking in.

Does it make sense to trade Chapman and other veterans for future pieces that could help the team in 2017, 2018, and beyond? Or is Steinbrenner, whose franchise has historically always been all-in to win, more apt to want to keep things intact and stay the course?

Girardi says he isn't thinking about that, however, and he doesn't want his players to put any thought into it, either.

"My focus is winning games and giving us an opportunity to get into the playoffs, and that's what I'm going to focus on the whole time," Girardi said. "We've told our players -- and that includes me -- you have to stay away from the noise and what you're hearing. My focus is Houston [Monday]. They're another team that's ahead of us, and they're playing extremely well."

Pitching has been the key for the Yankees in their past eight games, as they've posted a 1.56 team ERA.

Nathan Eovaldi, who had been demoted to the bullpen, used a new cutter to stifle the Giants, yielding only two runs in 6 2/3 innings. Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman were not available due to overuse, so Chad Green came out of the bullpen to get the final seven outs.

New York's offense hasn't been very potent all season, but it did more than enough Sunday. Carlos Beltran, the team's lone consistent contributor at the plate, got things started with his 413th career home run in the first, and .186 hitter Mark Teixeira clubbed his 200th homer as a Yankee in the second.

The Yankees later added three insurance runs in the sixth.

Their futures might be uncertain, but they aren't about to give up.

"We're fighting," Teixeira said. "This is a great group of guys, and we've fought all season, and we're going to continue to do that no matter what the situation. We've just been taking it one game at a time and trying not to worry about anything else."