Brian Cashman held a team meeting Tuesday afternoon, a day after the New York Yankees lost 12-7 to the Toronto Blue Jays.

The general manager's message was clear: "Talk is cheap and all that matters is the performance."

Cashman doesn't often travel with the Yankees, but he traveled to Buffalo, where the Blue Jays are playing home games this season. The Yankees have lost six of their last seven games.

"[I wanted] to just remind them, first and foremost, that I believe in them. They all were acquired for various reasons, to come together as a group as a team for high expectations. And so reminding them of who they are," Cashman said. "Remind them of where they've got to get back to and who they are, and by taking the opportunity to do that from time to time and see if it helps."

After starting the 60-game season 16-6, the Yankees have lost 15 of 20 and are barely holding on a playoff spot in the expanded postseason field.