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Father of Yankees manager Joe Girardi died Saturday

The Yankees have announced that Joe Girardi's father died Saturday.

News of Jerry Girardi's death broke earlier in the day. He had been battling Alzheimer's disease and was 81.

Girardi choked up when talking about the passing of his father at his pregame news conference, saying he kept quiet about the death because he didn't want it to be a distraction.

The Yankees host the Orioles in Game 4 of the ALDS tonight at 7:37 p.m.

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