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At the moment, the Yankees are holding onto a couple of things. First, the AL East does not have a dominant team. The Blue Jays and Rays appear to be better than the Yankees, but it’s unlikely either is going to run away from the pack.
Second, the Yankees know how to win. Don’t laugh. This is a big, big deal. Confidence is critical. The Yankees still have Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, too.
The Yankees added Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner and Ichiro Suzuki, all respected pros. Whatever else you can say about these Yankees, they understand professionalism and preparation and staying the course in bad times.
...If you focus on the Yankees’ losses, you’ll miss the larger picture. Rivera may pitch in his first game on Wednesday. Jeter could be back in a few days. Granderson will return in May.
Instead of home runs, they’ll have to score runs a different way, and there’s no way of knowing if it’ll work. At least, that’s the hope. Brett Gardner is a huge part of the puzzle. Robinson Cano is essential. Youkilis, Hafner and Ichiro all need to be healthy and productive.
If the Yankees can pitch and play defense, they’ve got a puncher’s chance of hanging around. If they stay close for half a season, things could change quickly.
Posted: March 06, 2013 at 10:25 AM | 16 comment(s)
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