Yanks Eliminated From Playoff Contention
NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees were eliminated from postseason contention, wasting a three-run lead Thursday in a 9-5 loss to Nelson Cruz and the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles.
Jeter went 0 for 4 as the designated hitter in his next-to-last game in pinstripes, ending a seven-game hitting streak and dropping his average to .253.
The Yankees missed the playoffs in consecutive years for the first time since 1992 and '93. The only other time New York missed the playoffs during in the retiring captain's 20-season big league career was in 2008.
"It's disappointing. It's frustrating," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "This is not where you want to be at this time of year."