NEW YORK — Yankees manager Joe Girardi is defending his handling of the team this year, saying: "I did what I thought was right every day."
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks to the media about Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia, who checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation center, before a workout day Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, for Tuesday's American League Wild Card game at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York led the AL East by seven games in late July but finished 87-75, six games behind first-place Toronto. The Yankees were eliminated with a 3-0 loss to Houston on Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game.
Girardi acknowledges "people thought that I could have done better. I understand that, and so you live with it."
He adds of his players: "Were they tired? I don't know. Everyone during the course of the season is going to get physically worn down, because it's a grind."
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