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Yankees’ concerns go way past starting pitching

You want to gripe about the recent run of deplorable starts by Yankee pitchers, howl your lungs out. The numbers are ugly to the point where Domingo German’s 5 ¹/₃-inning stint against the Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park when the Yankees snapped a three-game losing streak was a huge upgrade. The first-place Yankees still lead the Rays by 8 ¹/₂ games in the AL East and the Red Sox by nine, but they have lost five of their past eight games. In those eight games — before Sunday’s 9-6 victory — Yankee starters were 1-5 with two no-decisions and a whopping 13.78 ERA. They allowed 59 hits, 10 walks and hit two batters in 32 innings. Ten of those hits were homers. However, the pitching ills don’t stop with the starter ...