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The trip overall: could have been better, could have been worse

Given how the Yankees' eight-game trip started -- two losses in Toronto -- finishing it 4-4 wasn't all bad. Still, losing a game like Thursday's, when CC Sabathia was close to his best but not quite good enough to beat James Shields. Derek Jeter, however, pointed to the second game of the series, a 3-2 loss in which the Yankees led 2-1 going into the seventh. That turned out to be a bizarre two-run inning for the Rays, the frame Curtis Granderson lost Justin Ruggiano's fly ball to medium center in the roof.

"We would have liked to have done better, especially the second game here," Jeter said. "But these guys played us tough. They always are a challenge." 

Joe Girardi said getting home should pay dividends, both mentally and physically.

"Obviously you would have liked to have done better but after how we started losing the first two, we finished up pretty good," Girardi said. "And it will be nice to get off the turf and get home for a while. I think our guys are looking forward to that." 

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