While Girardi said nothing is 100 percent, he is 99.9 percent sure that closer Mariano Rivera will not return this season. Rivera underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on June 12 after injuring himself on May 3.
The Yankees have rebounded well in games following shutout losses this season. Entering Sunday, they had gone 24-9 in such situations since 2008 and had won seven of their last nine such games. Felix Hernandez pitched a two-hit shutout on Saturday in the Mariners' 1-0 win at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees are 22-12 in series finales this season, but 7-5 in rubber games of three-game series.