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Joe's handling of 'pen not so mighty

Girardi's dogged adherence to bullpen schedule ultimately doomed Yankees in Seattle

Updated: May 28, 2011, 10:49 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

SEATTLE -- David Robertson got out of a bed in Tuscaloosa, Ala., at 4:30 a.m. ET Friday. Nearly 20 hours later, he was on the mound at Safeco Field, doing his job to perfection, pitching an overpowering eighth inning against the Mariners.

Trouble was, the game had already been lost two innings earlier.

But that's what happens when a manager sticks to a game plan even if the game no longer fits his plan.

Robertson, back from a mission of mercy to his tornado-ravaged hometown, ...

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