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RISP Issues Plaguing Yankees Pursuit Of AL East

Yankees Strand 24 Runners On Saturday
Alex Rodriguez (credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Updated at 10:41 p.m., Sept. 30, 2012

TORONTO (CBSNewYork) - The New York Yankees left 24 men on base in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

It’s been a trend that the Yankees can’t seem to break all season.  Time after time, the Yankees’ power hitters have come up empty in clutch situations.

Throughout the season, critics of the Yankees have pondered whether the Bombers are too reliant upon the longball.

Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-3 with 3 runners left on base.  Curtis Granderson and Andruw Jones each went hitless and left a combined 10 men on base.

Saturday’s defeat was costly as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. The Orioles are now tied alongside the Yankees for first place in the AL East.

New York ranks 18th in the majors with an average of .252 with runners in scoring position.  Their .228 average with runners in scoring position with 2 outs is also 18th best in the MLB.

The Yankees finish their four-game series against the Blue Jays on Sunday.  Phil Hughes is set to take the mound against Henderson Alvarez.

Will the Yankees snap their RISP funk before the playoffs or be doomed to another first round exit?