Girardi said he walked out on media over bullpen question

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi looks down during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. The Red Sox won 6-5. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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TORONTO (AP) New York manager Joe Girardi said he walked out of Friday's post-game media session because he was upset by questions about his bullpen usage, not because the slumping Yankees lost ground in the AL wild card race and were eliminated from the AL East.

After the Yankees lost 9-0 in Toronto on Friday, their ninth defeat in 12 games following a seven-game winning streak. Girardi got up and angrily walked out after being pressed on his decision to use right-hander Blake Parker in the seventh inning with his team trailing 3-0. Toronto scored four runs in one-third of an inning against Parker to blow the game open.

Girardi denied his move was a sign he didn't believe the Yankees still had a chance to make the playoffs. New York began Saturday four games behind Detroit for the second wild card spot with nine games remaining.