Aaron Boone
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Aaron Boone isn’t worried enough about the Yankees’ horrific play of late to trigger any drastic knee-jerk reactions.

Aaron Case

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone just told everyone to take a chill pill. The second-year skipper doesn’t anticipate changing his game plan anytime soon, despite recent sickening results.

“It’s a matter of just continuing to dive in with each guy, where we can make small little adjustments, and attacking the game plan in the best way possible,” Boone told ESPN reporter Coley Harvey. “Making sure we’re leaving no stone unturned in terms of making the guys make whatever little adjustments or subtle things they need to change—and also not overreacting to a bad week of baseball.”

In the past week, the Bombers are 2-5; their pitching staff has surrendered 78 runs (more than 11 per game). The fact that the Yankees are teetering on the edge of a four-game sweep at the hands of the rival Boston Red Sox makes the problems infinitely worse.

No matter what Boone says, it might take more than a little tinkering to fix this.

One person who should feel relieved by Boone’s commitment to maintaining the status quo is Larry Rothschild. The long-time pitching coach certainly knows that if things get worse, he could be the fall man.

“It’s my responsibility to get it right,” he told Harvey, after Saturday’s 9-5 loss to Boston.

Rothschild and everyone in the Yankees universe hope the bleeding stops on Sunday night’s Fenway finale. Those hopes lie in Domingo German, who gave up eight runs in 3.2 innings against the Minnesota Twins his last start.

The July 31 trade deadline looms large. More than one Yankees starter may soon find himself displaced by a new acquisition.

At this point that doesn’t seem the slightest bit like an overreaction.


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