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Their bats cold, Yanks running with aggression

Their bats cold, Yanks running with aggression

DETROIT -- As the Yankees look to work out some offensive kinks, they have taken to aggressive baserunning, hoping it will provide a bit of a spark.

The team has had trouble driving in baserunners who are in scoring position, but opportunities have been abundant due to stolen bases, hit-and-run plays and taking extra bases on sacrifice flies and outfield hits.

"It's taking advantage of some situations," manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously, there's a lot of work put in to see who you can run on. You think about going first to third here [at Comerica Park]. Midwestern grass -- love it. It's thicker, slows the ball down more, it's a bigger outfield. There's a lot of things that factor into it."

In Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the Tigers, the Yankees stole five bases against catcher Omir Santos, including a double-steal with Derek Jeter and Dewayne Wise in the ninth inning.

"We just look at situations," Girardi said. "But that's not something we wouldn't have done in the past."