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Yankees are struggling when batting with bases loaded

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--2B Robinson Cano went 0-for-5 in Tuesday's loss to the Angels, striking out in both of his at-bats with the bases loaded, including one to end the game when he represented the tying run. The Yankees are hitless in their last 14 bases-loaded at-bats and have only one hit in their last 34 plate appearances with the bags full. "We're going to have plenty more chances, so let's see if it irons itself out," manager Joe Girardi said. "We haven't done very well this year, and we've been very good in the past."

--RHP Ryota Igarashi was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays, and the Yankees assigned him to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Igarashi went 1-1 with four saves and a 1.29 ERA for Class AAA Las Vegas before joining the Blue Jays on May 25. He then allowed four runs in one inning over two relief appearances before being designated for assignment May 27.

--RHP Brad Meyers was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for RHP Ryota Igarashi. Meyers has been out all season due to a right labrum strain.

--SS Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 on Tuesday, the 17th anniversary of his big-league debut. Jeter now has 70 hits to lead the American League, second in the majors to San Francisco OF Melky Cabrera (74). Jeter has hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games and 40 of 47 overall this season.

--LF Brett Gardner took more dry swings Tuesday in Tampa, reporting no problems with his strained right elbow. Gardner will progress to tee and soft-toss drills Wednesday as he works his way toward a second minor league rehab assignment. The Yankees are hoping to have him back in the next seven to 10 days.

--RF Nick Swisher showed no ill effects from Monday's collision with CF Curtis Granderson, but Swisher was struck by terrible luck and great Angels defense during Tuesday's loss. Swisher watched LF Mike Trout rob him of a home run in the second inning, then had an extra-base hit stolen away by CF Peter Bourjos in the seventh. "What are you gonna do, man?" Swisher said. "I felt like it was one of my better games, I felt like I really swung the bat super well. We don't get nothing to show for it. You get frustrated, but what are you gonna do?"

133 -- LHP Andy Pettitte has made 133 consecutive starts for the Yankees without throwing a complete game, a franchise record. Pettitte's last complete game as a Yankee came against the Mariners on Aug. 9, 2003.

"When your slower outfielder has 10 Gold Gloves, that's a pretty good outfield out there." -- RF Nick Swisher, on the Angels' speedy outfield of LF Mike Trout, CF Peter Bourjos and RF Torii Hunter, with the latter a nine-time Gold Glove winner.

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