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Joe Girardi out as manager of the New York Yankees

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Joe Girardi out as manager of the New York Yankees

Joe Girardi's tenure as New York Yankees manager ended Thursday after a decade that produced just one World Series title for a team that expects to win every year.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made the announcement five days after the Yankees lost to Houston in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

"Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we've decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position," Cashman said in a statement.

New York does not have an obvious candidate to replace him. The Yankees are the third of the 10 postseason teams to remove managers, joining Boston and Washington.

A former All-Star catcher for the Yankees, Girardi was at the end of his contract and said last weekend he had to speak with his family before deciding whether he wanted to return. New York made the decision for him.

"He has a tireless work ethic, and put his heart into every game he managed over the last decade," Cashman said. "He should take great pride in our accomplishments during his tenure."

A three-time World Series champion as a player with the Yankees, Girardi succeeded Joe Torre as manager after the 2007 season and led New York to its 27th World Series title in 2009 but has fallen short each year since.

The 53-year-old Girardi led a young squad on a surprising run to an AL wild-card berth this year with a 91-71 record, the team's best since 2012. New York beat Minnesota in the wild-card game, then fell behind Cleveland 2-0 in the Division Series. Girardi admitted he made a mistake not asking for a video replay review in Game 2.

"I screwed up. And it's hard. It's a hard day for me," he said then. "But I got to move forward and we'll be ready to go tomorrow."

New York won the next three games to advance, lost the first two games of the ALCS at Houston, then won three in a row to move within a victory of reaching the World Series for the first time in eight years. But the Astros swept the final two games.

Cashman said he and owner Hal Steinbrenner had spoken directly with Girardi this week.

Girardi's 910-710 regular season record with the Yankees is sixth in victories managing the team behind Joe McCarthy (1,460), Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944).

Sean Manaea thought historic night 'was just a one-hitter'

Sean Manaea thought historic night 'was just a one-hitter'

OAKLAND -- Everyone at the Coliseum Saturday night knew they were witnessing something special.

Everyone except Sean Manaea, that is.

The A's 26-year-old left-hander didn't even realize he was throwing a no-hitter until the eighth inning.

“When Marcus (Semien) dropped that ball in the fifth inning, I just thought it was a hit,” Manaea laughed. “So from then until the eighth or ninth, I thought it was just a one-hitter. I didn't think it was a no-hitter. And then I looked up in the eighth and ninth, and I saw that there were still zeros. I was like, 'Whoa, that's weird.'”

In fact, Sandy Leon's pop up to shallow left field was ruled an error on Semien, and Manaea went on to throw his first career no-hitter, and the first in Major League Baseball this season, as the A's blanked the Red Sox, 3-0.

“Coming out for the ninth, my heart was beating out of my chest,” Manaea admitted. “I had to do everything I could to stay calm and not overdo things.”

Added A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy: “I've caught a lot of great pitchers in this game. I have eight years in the league now. And that was the most well-pitched, well-executed game I've ever had behind the plate.”

Simply put, Manaea was brilliant, from start to finish. He made the league's highest-scoring offense look foolish, recording 10 strikeouts and only allowing two walks.

“Honestly, it still doesn't feel real, even after the last out,” Manaea said. “I couldn't even imagine throwing a no-hitter in the big leagues, especially against a team like the Red Sox. It's an incredible feeling.”

“That's one of the best lineups in the league over there,” said Lucroy. “He just no-hit them. Being behind the plate for that, being able to watch it, being able to see what the ball was doing, watching the swings they were taking, they weren't very comfortable. As a catcher, that's really all you can ask for. It was a lot of fun.”

Manaea may not have known he was throwing a no-hitter, but his manager sure did. Not only did Bob Melvin not talk to Manaea, he refused to even look at him.

“I did not make eye contact with him after about the sixth inning,” Melvin joked. “He showed some emotion coming off the field after the eighth, which kind of surprised me a little bit. He normally doesn't show much emotion in what he does. When he got the last out of the eighth, it was almost like he could smell it.”

The biggest play of the game, aside from the final out, came in the sixth inning, when Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi nubbed one up along the first base line. A's first baseman Matt Olson fielded the ball and dove at Benintendi, who lunged to the side to avoid the tag.

Benintendi was initially ruled safe, but the umpires came together to discuss the play and determined he had run outside the basepath, calling him out.

“He started out on the grass and ended up on the grass on the other side,” Melvin said. “We have a 6'6'' first baseman who was fully (outstretched). So for me, three feet is kind of what they're talking about. And once you get out of the dirt area and onto the grass over there, it was out of the baseline.”

Manaea's no-hitter was the seventh in Oakland A's history and the first since Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game in 2010. It marked the first time Boston had been no-hit since 1993, snapping a streak of 3,987 games.

What a night it was at the Coliseum.

What they're saying: Baseball reacts to Sean Manaea's no-hitter

What they're saying: Baseball reacts to Sean Manaea's no-hitter

Programming Note: Sean Manaea's no-hitter will re-air Saturday at 11 p.m. and Sunday at 7 a.m. on NBC Sports California 

Sean Manaea made history on Saturday, becoming the seventh player in Oakland A's history to throw a no-hitter. He did so in front of Dallas Braden, the last pitcher to do it in 2010. 

Manaea's 10-strikeout, no-hit performance captivated those inside and outside of the A's organization. Here's what they're saying. 

This story is being updated.