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Why did Girardi pitch to Manny?

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08:16 AM ET 04.13 | If there were a 10 Commandments for Yankee managers when facing the Red Sox, avoiding Manny Ramirez in big spots whenever possible is probably No. 1. Joe Girardi, in accord with Mike Mussina, somehow decided that working to Ramirez with a base open and Boston down a run was favorable to facing Kevin Youkilis with the bases loaded. Ramirez responded as the script would suggest, crushing a first-pitch two-run double that moved Boston ahead for good in the sixth of what would be a 4-3 triumph. Mussina blamed a bad pitch. But it starts with a bad decision. "That is a decision I made and I have to live with it," Girardi said. Girardi recognized this as "the most impactful decision" he has made strategically in 12 games as the Yankees' manager.

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