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Steinbrenner calls sweep 'bitter end'

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NEW YORK (AP)

Calling Detroit's four-game sweep in the AL championship series ''a bitter end to our year,'' New York Yankees boss Hal Steinbrenner says the team will take necessary steps toward a World Series title in 2013.

''We may have fallen short yesterday, but we never feel sorry for ourselves and never make excuses,'' the team's managing general partner said in a statement Friday.

''Great teams - and organizations - use disappointment as a motivation for future improvements and success,'' he said. ''In the days, weeks and months ahead, we plan to do what's necessary to return this franchise to the World Series.''

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