Yankees, now 3 1/2 behind Red Sox in AL East, react to being 4-5 vs. awful Orioles

BALTIMORE — Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge struggled to come up with a good answer Tuesday night when he was asked why his powerhouse club has so much trouble with the worst-in-baseball Baltimore Orioles.”I wish I knew,” Judge said after a 6-5 walk-off loss at Oriole Park left the Yankees 4-5 this season against the 26-66 Orioles. “If we knew, we’d be able to stop them.”A day after splitting a Monday doubleheader with the Orioles, the Yankees built a 5-3 seventh-inning lead and then lost on a ninth-inning, two-out, walk-off single by Jonathan Schoop that deflected off first baseman Greg Bird’s glove.If the Orioles win again Wednesday night, they’ll win their second four-game series of the season against the Yankees, who are 4-0-1 with one sweep against everyone else in four-gamers.Andujar responds to Yanks showing interest in MachadoWhat is going on?”They bring they’re A game, I guess,” losing pitcher Dellin Betances said.These losses are a big reason why the Yankees are 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox in the AL East standings.And do we really need to remind anyone that finishing second in the AL East this year will mean playing another do-or-die Wild Card playoff game instead of advancing right to a best-of-five Division Series?We told Bird that late Tuesday night and he danced around the question by answering it this way:”Games are games. Outs are outs and hits are hits. Pitches are pitches. You just keep going. That’s the way I look at it, to be honest. I show up, I play, then we turn the page and we do it again.”But what about the Red Sox being 3 1/2 games up on the Yankees, who haven’t been this far off the pace since April 26.

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