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Mark Teixeira

Yankees, a team in transition, feel downbeat and yet hopeful

The quartet leaned against the dugout railing with uniformly glum expressions during the ninth inning, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances crossing their arms, Brett Gardner dangling his over a railing and Chris Young resting his chin on a hand. The New York Yankees expected better this year than elimination in the AL wild-card game. Many others anticipated worse. "When the season started, no one thought we would be here," manager Joe Girardi said after Houston eliminated New York 3-0 on Tuesday night. In the first year after Derek Jeter's retirement, the Yankees ended their two-year absence from the postseason but did not reach the Division Series. They had a seven-game AL...