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New York Yankees: 8 Reasons Behind Yankees' Season-Threatening Failures

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New York Yankees: 8 Reasons Behind Yankees' Season-Threatening Failures
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It’s official: There’s a serious race for the American League East pennant.

Surprised?

After having a commanding hold on the division throughout much of the summer, the Yankees have entered a downward spiral. But their fall from the top wasn’t fast and wasn’t quite expected.

With a tumultuous second half full of injuries and losses, the Yankees have found themselves trying to squeeze out of this tight race.

But how did they get there?

It seems like only weeks ago, the home run derby was on television and the Yankees had a seven-game lead on Baltimore.

Now New York is tied with the Orioles, and Tampa Bay isn’t far behind.

Here are eight explanations for the Yankees’ stumble into September.

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