Harsh reality for Yankees

Harsh reality for Yankees
April 6, 2013, 4:00 pm

No more Bronx Bombers. With their lineup decimated by injury and defections, the Yankees are left to deal with bat envy. Here’s what the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan wrote after their loss to the Tigers on Friday:

“The Tigers are what the Yankees used to be, hitting monster home runs and spending big money. … The Tigers have the kind of lineup the Yankees used to have, but injuries, age and watching the bottom line have set the Yankees back to another era.”

Kernan described the Yankees as having entered “a cruel new world” in which they will have to rely on pitching, defense and small ball if they hope to remain relevant.

“The days of Yankees fans complaining the team relies too much on home runs are over.”

Even after Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira return from injuries, we may be reading this type of thing through much of the season as the Yankees struggle to stay in the running in the American League East.