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Posted by: Jack Curry on Mar 30, 2011 at 10:07:40 PM

Maybe the Yankees can sneak up on some teams this season. CC Sabathia knew it sounded illogical to say that, but he said it anyway. Then he repeated it.

The Yankees, who are usually viewed as the big, bad bullies on the block, aren’t being given much of a chance in the skirmish for neighborhood supremacy in 2011. That is how Sabathia sees it. The Red Sox improved by adding Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, so the Yankees have been ignored. That seemed absurd, but it was Sabathia’s hasty summation of how the teams have been analyzed.

“As crazy as it sounds with the talent we have in here,” Sabathia said, “nobody seems to believe in us.”

If teams need additional motivation, it is always convenient to mention the doubters. Even if those doubters aren’t

Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 16, 2010 at 03:39:47 PM

Brian Cashman worries a lot. It is what general managers do. To Cashman, nothing is ever perfect in Yankeeland. There is always something that could go wrong, catastrophically wrong, so Cashman thinks about the worst possible scenarios so he can be prepared if they come to fruition.

As the Yankees have won three straight series to begin the season with a 6-3 record, Cashman has been pleased with their performance. But, naturally, he wants more. He wants Javier Vazquez to get acclimated to Round 2 in New York and be a productive pitcher. He wants the relievers to grab their specific roles in the bullpen. He wants Robinson Cano to continue playing like an M.V.P. in-waiting.

But what Cashman wants more than anything else for the Yankees is some breathing room. With the Yankees,

Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 4, 2010 at 11:14:34 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The stalking will begin early. The Yankees and the Boston Red Sox don’t have to wait a week or a month to play each other. They get to do it in the first game of a new season, which is a perfect opener on Sunday night. The comparisons between the teams never cease. So why delay the inevitable?

Why wait to compare CC Sabathia and the Yankees’ rotation to Josh Beckett and the other Red Sox starters? Why wait to assess the new Yankees like Curtis Granderson and Nick Johnson against the new Red Sox like Mike Cameron and Marco Scutaro? Why wait to see the first night of Boston’s not-so-revolutionary strategy of stressing run prevention in conjunction with run production?

Wrestle with these comparisons and others while the Yankees and the Red Sox are side-by-side

Posted by: Jack Curry on Mar 30, 2010 at 02:32:32 PM

The following was originally posted on March 19 on

BRADENTON, Fla. -- In 16 days, Josh Beckett is scheduled to unleash the first pitch of the 2010 season to Derek Jeter at a boisterous Fenway Park. It will probably be a fastball, a pitch that will climb above 90 miles per hour and will christen the resumption of the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees.

On Friday, Beckett fired fastballs against the anonymous Pirates in another monotonous Spring Training game. An hour before the game started, an expressionless Beckett sat alone in the third-base dugout, as approachable as a pit bull who had been fasting for a week. So Beckett's ornery demeanor was in perfect form to barge into another season.

At the same time, the Yankees were playing the Tigers