New York Yankees: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up to End the Losing

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New York Yankees: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up to End the Losing
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If the New York Yankees continue to lose, they're going to make Bobby Valentine's prediction that the Bombers can be caught in the standings come true (via ESPN).

After a dominant lead in the AL East at the All-Star break, the Yankees have dropped nine out of their last 12 games, including four straight to division foes, the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

Now sporting just a 5.5 game lead over the Orioles—still with another game left to play in the current series—the Yankees are seeing their lead dwindle fast.

New York has struggled driving in runners in scoring position and their starting pitching hasn't mirrored what it did during the month of June.

So who's to blame? Well, blame is a harsh word.

Here are five Yankees who need to step up.

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