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Joe Girardi to manage Yankees tonight following father's death

Jerry Girardi, the father of Yankees manager Joe, died at the age of 81, it was announced today.

Jerry had been battling Alzheimer’s disease and died last Saturday at Snyder Village, a residential healthcare provider in Illinois.

Services for the late father of five will be held on Sunday and Monday in East Peoria, Ill. The Yankees will observe a moment of silence before tonight's Game 4 of the ALDS against the Orioles. Joe Girardi will continue to manage the Yankees tonight as they try to close out the series and advance to the ALCS.

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