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Video: MLB All-Star's Lack Of Hustle Costs His Team The Game

Gary Sanchez hitting for the Yankees.

New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is having a nightmare season. Tonight, it might have hit rock bottom.

Sanchez has been off the DL for three games and has now cost the Yankees' two of them. His lack of hustle was the culprit in tonight's 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

It started in the first inning, when Sanchez let up a passed ball, which has been a bugaboo of his for two years. However, tonight he didn't hustle after the ball, and it cost the Yankees a run.

Then, with two outs in the ninth and the Yankees down 7-6, Sanchez came up with the bases loaded. He hit a hard ground ball up the middle, where it was corralled by the Rays' second baseman Daniel Robertson. Sanchez apparently thought it was going to be an easy out, because he did not run out of the box at all. Robertson flipped to Willy Adames, but the Yankees' Aaron Hicks beat the throw. However, because Sanchez was dogging it, he got thrown out at first to end the game.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone didn't say much about Sanchez after the game, saying he needs to watch the tape to see if he ran hard out of the box.

If Boone sees the same tape everyone else saw, he'll make sure Sanchez doesn't have to run the next couple of days when he's on the bench.