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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 3, 2011 at 12:22:10 PM

Today is April 3 and somehow the Yankees are on pace to hit 405 home runs, a figure that probably won't happen as the Yankees will settle for hitting over 200 or so.

As for reality, the Yankees are attempting to be 3-0 for the first time since the 2003 season when they won their first four - three without Derek Jeter. Phil Hughes was a high school junior at that time and a year away from being drafted and today takes the mound at Yankee Stadium for the first time since his brilliant performance against the Twins in Game Three of the ALDS.

Scouts said in various reports that Hughes' velocity had diminished slightly but the Yankees won't read too much into that, especially since spring training is more about getting your work in as opposed to maxing out the radar gun.

Hughes is throwing

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 2, 2011 at 02:44:11 PM

Today is April 2 and three years ago at Yankee Stadium, A.J. Burnett began his 18-win campaign with the Blue Jays by beating the team that later that year would give him a five-year deal. That night Burnett took a shutout into the seventh inning before allowing a home run to Alex Rodriguez.

"A.J. was definitely dominating today. He had a good changeup and breaking ball going tonight.

"He was throwing in the 90s and then he has curveball like that."

Those were the words of then Toronto manager John Gibbons and Rodriguez and as Burnett officially begins Year Three in pinstripes, the Yankees are hopeful those comments will be said numerous times, perhaps something along the lines of 15 to 20 times.

Burnett had a good spring training and a changed mechanical approach that he and the Yankees

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Mar 31, 2011 at 12:12:56 PM

Today is March 31 and the Yankees are playing a regular-season game before April for the first time. In fact this is their first game in the United States during the regular season before April 1.

In 2003 Alfonso Soriano hit a grand slam off Roy Halladay in Toronto and a year later in Tokyo, Tony Clark and Hideki Matsui hit two-run home runs in a 12-1 win over Tampa Bay.

Mike Mussina was a member of both teams as he was in the middle of a 10-year stint with the Yankees that sandwiched World Series titles 26 and 27.

Mussina was also on the team that last had a March 31 game on the schedule in 2008 and that was ultimately rained out. He won 20 games that year, enjoyed it immensely despite a non-playoff year and was back to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Chances are this will be

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Mar 30, 2011 at 02:05:29 PM

Welcome to Yankee Stadium where the Yankees and Tigers are gearing up for the opener of the 2011 season in roughly 24 hours. When we last left you, the Yankees managed to force a Game Six in Texas during the ALCS only to see the series end and their season come to a crashing conclusion.

Many expect the Yankees to return to the end of October again and chances are if those games involve facing a right-handed pitcher, Brett Gardner will lead off followed by Derek Jeter. And since Detroit with throw power arm Justin Verlander, Brad Penny and Max Scherzer this weekend, expect to see that alignment for at least three games.

And since lineups are big a deal in these parts, especially when it involves Jeter, who last batted second during the 2008 season behind Johnny Damon, here's a five-point