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Yanks puzzled by Park's statistics

Yanks puzzled by Park's statistics

PHOENIX -- The sharp buzzcut Chan Ho Park was sporting on Tuesday had nothing to do with his recent struggles on the mound. It is convenient for the summer, and -- as he explained -- he is married, so style points aren't necessarily a concern.

But Park's numbers have raised an eyebrow for Yankees manager Joe Girardi. In Park's past three relief appearances -- against the Phillies, Mets and D-backs -- the right-hander has allowed seven hits and five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings, capped by Justin Upton's titanic three-run homer in the eighth inning of Monday's 10-4 Yankees loss.

"I believe that he's going to pitch well, but right now he's scuffling," Girardi said. "You definitely think about it -- how do you get him going? I was hoping last night that he'd have two good innings for us."

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Park had enjoyed a good run until that point, reeling off five innings of scoreless, one-hit ball during his previous four June appearances -- so much that Park said he has been toying with a cutter or hard slider, which is tight in his bullpen sessions but hangs sometimes in game situations.

Girardi said the slider Park threw to Upton was "complete missed location," and Park did not dispute it.

"That's just missed location," Park said. "It was up. What can I do? Next time, I'll better execute."

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