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Girardi: Yankees are 'not the Bronx bunters'

Joe Girardi watches the first inning of a

Joe Girardi watches the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Sept. 5, 2012) Credit: AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- While the gist of Joe Girardi's impromptu 20-minute meeting Wednesday afternoon with the Yankees players is uncertain, one subject clearly wasn't squared away.

Squaring around.

Contrary to hitting coach Kevin Long's suggestion Tuesday and Jayson Nix's clutch execution of a sacrifice bunt Wednesday, Girardi insisted the Yankees aren't about to go small-ball in an effort to shake things up offensively.

Situationally? Perhaps. Just not steadily.

"We're not the Bronx bunters," Girardi said, "and we really never have been."

Whatever the cause of the Yankees' funk, which subsided somewhat last night at Tropicana Field against the Rays, Girardi insisted a meticulous manufacturing of runs isn't the answer.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Long indicated the team might start having some of its brawnier guys bunt "until we get it going."

"You can't ask guys to do something they're not accustomed to doing," said Girardi, whose club had its biggest run outburst since Aug. 27 last night. "If you have a club that has a lot of speed and you have a lot of hit-and-run candidates, you might do that. It's not something we're really built on. I'm not going to ask our guys to change who they are. You can't do that."

Nix is another story.

With no out in the seventh, the score tied at 4-all and Steve Pearce on first and Ichiro Suzuki on second, Nix's bunt to the third-base side moved both. They both later scored when second baseman Elliot Johnson fielded Derek Jeter's grounder and made an errant throw home.

For a club that hadn't scored more than four runs its previous five games, the bunt seemed an antidote.

It may also have been an aberration.

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