MLB notebook: Yankees' Girardi to decide his future in short order
• Yankees manager Joe Girardi won't need long to decide his future. Wrapping up his sixth season with the Yankees at the end of a three-year deal, Girardi said Sunday he wants to discuss his future with his wife and three school-aged children. “It's not my personality to drag things out,” said Girardi, speaking before the season finale against Houston. “I've always been a guy that likes to know what I'm going to do the next day.” Girardi replaced Joe Torre after the 2007 season and said he hadn't thought about whether he would be managing his last game for the Yankees. He said he would be up for the challenge of getting to the Yankees back to the playoffs.
• Chris Johnson said Sunday he has apologized to Braves first-base coach Terry Pendleton for throwing his helmet in the dugout following Atlanta's 5-4 loss to the Phillies on Saturday night. Johnson grounded out to shortstop to end the game and was out on a head-first slide. He remained face-down for a few seconds before returning to the dugout and flipping his helmet toward the bench. Pendleton twice grabbed Johnson's jersey with both hands, pulling the third baseman close to him. The two exchanged words. “It's all good. I talked to TP,” Johnson said. “We're all good.”
• Major league home run leader Chris Davis left the Orioles' regular season finale in the fourth inning with a sprained left wrist. X-rays were negative. Davis' finished with 53 home runs and 138 RBI.
• The Astros broke the major league record for strikeouts by batters in a season. J.D. Martinez took a called third strike from Yankees reliever Dellin Betances that ended the ninth inning Sunday, giving Houston 14 strikeouts for the game and 1,530 for the season. Arizona held the previous mark of 1,529 in 2010.
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