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Yankees keep Girardi

Manager Joe Girardi signed a four-year contract Wednesday to stay with the New York Yankees through 2017. General manager Brian Cashman had said after the team missed the playoffs for the second time since 1992 that the Yankees wanted to keep Girardi, whose name was mentioned for the Chicago Cubs’ opening in his native Illinois. Girardi, 48, said it would be up to his family if he returned. He was completing his second three-year deal with New York since taking over for Joe Torre after the 2007 season. Despite finishing tied for third in the A.L. East at 85-77, Girardi had what many believed was his best season as a manager. He kept the Yankees in the playoff chase until late September despite injuries to stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson. – AP



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