Yankees search for answers as offensive woes mount
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The New York Yankees are in an offensive funk, and nobody on the team seems to know why.

After defeating the Tampa Bay Rays with just one hit on Sunday - the first time the Yankees had done that in over a century - the Bronx Bombers couldn't buy a run during this week's sweep at the hands of the red-hot Toronto Blue Jays. They scored just three runs at Rogers Centre, all of them in the first two games of the series, and couldn't score against Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez on Wednesday despite scratching out seven hits against him.

As they departed Canada, all the banged-up Yankees were left to do was scratch their heads.

"Surprising, disappointing, frustrating," outfielder Brett Gardner told reporters of his team's offensive woes. "You can throw a lot of words in there."

It almost seems as though every one of the Yankees bats has slumped at the exact same time. Gardner and Mark Teixeira both slashed under .200 in May, while second baseman Starlin Castro was right on the Mendoza mark for the month.

They've also been dreadful with runners in scoring position of late, as evidenced by Wednesday's 1-for-7 performance at the plate with men in scoring position against Sanchez. Over the last eight games, they've plated over five runs just once - and the Yankees lost that game 9-5 to the Rays.


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Though injuries have piled up, from Teixeira's wonky neck to Dustin Ackley's season-ending shoulder injury, you won't hear excuses from this group of veterans, who "expect more out of ourselves," according to designated hitter Alex Rodriguez.

Manager Joe Girardi expects more out of his players, too, though he's admittedly running out of ideas while trying anything to stop the bleeding.

"I've tried to shake the order up,” Girardi said. "I've tried to play different guys, make sure guys are rested. The bottom line is, these are our guys, and they're capable of doing it. We’re just not doing it right now."

Yankees search for answers as offensive woes mount
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