NEW YORK — Starlin Castro was at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday night when Baltimore finished a 4-0 win at Toronto, eliminating the Yankees from postseason contention.
Knowing New York had failed to reach the playoffs for the third time in four years, the mind of Yankees manager Joe Girardi immediately shifted attention to 2017. He removed CC Sabathia after one more batter and pinch ran for Brett Gardner in the ninth when Girardi didn't like the way the speedy outfielder was running.
"It's kind of how I'm wired, and you start thinking about, OK, what do we need to do?" Girardi said.
Sabathia (9-12) allowed one run and four hits over a...