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5 Biggest Issues Facing New York Yankees in 2014 Stretch Run

5 Biggest Issues Facing New York Yankees in 2014 Stretch Run

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The New York Yankees are five games out of the Wild Card hunt and need to hop four teams to gain one of the two spots. With each loss it becomes less-and-less likely the team will make the playoffs. What do the Yankees need to address to make a stretch run? Let's take a look.

5. Second Base

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5. Second Base

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Second base has been the embarrassment of the Yankees since day one. The combo of Brian Roberts and Stephen Drew have been dismal at the dish and -- with Roberts -- equally as bad in the field.

4. The Derek Jeter Pressure Factor

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4. The Derek Jeter Pressure Factor

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Sure the Yankees would like to send The Captain out with another title. But after failing to sniff the 2013 playoffs during Mariano Rivera's farewell tour, is the team the pressing too hard to get Jeter to the playoffs during his last season?

3. Call-Up Robert Refsnyder

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3. Call-Up Robert Refsnyder

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The second base issue could be solved with a call to Triple-A and a quick trip from Scranton to New York by one Robert Refsnyder. He's hitting .310/.394/.482 with eight home runs in 245 at-bats. His presence is needed in Yankee Stadium.

2. Michael Pineda

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2. Michael Pineda

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Michael Pineda has started twice since coming off the 60-day DL. He's tossed 11 innings, allowing three earned on six hits and one walk. Wednesday night he threw 89 pitches. A fully healthy, non-pitch-count restrained, Pineda is must to compete for a playoff spot.

1. Health Of Masahiro Tanaka

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1. Health Of Masahiro Tanaka

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On Wednesday, Masahiro Tanaka said he was ready to get back on the mound. If he is able to go, Tanaka and Pineda could be the difference between Derek Jeter playing ball in October or Derek Jeter hanging out with models in October.