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Posted by: Jack Curry on May 17, 2010 at 10:30:01 AM

Phil Hughes looks different on the mound this season, different in a positive way. He acts more assertive and more fearless. He has the demeanor of a pitcher who is anxious to throw the ball because he doesn’t expect batters to do any damage. He looks that cool for the Yankees.

Watch how Hughes performs when he faces the Red Sox Monday night. He rarely strays from the rubber because he doesn’t want to waste time between pitches. He shows little emotion because he is focused on the next pitch. While Hughes’ friends have told him that they have noticed a difference in his presence, he believes the most crucial difference is what has transpired above his neck.

When Hughes thinks about what has allowed him to rumble to a 5-0 record with a 1.38 earned run average, he centers

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:42:18 PM

BALTIMORE –- The Yankees have played 18 games, which is about 11 percent of their schedule. It is barely an appetizer, the equivalent of receiving bread and water before a seven-course meal. No matter how satisfied the Yankees were about going 12-6, it is only a sliver of their season.

Believe it or not, there is still time for Javier Vazquez to potentially win the 15 games, still time for Mark Teixeira to hit like himself and still time for Nick Johnson to climb above the .270 mark. Likewise, there is still time for Andy Pettitte to pitch like a mortal, for Robinson Cano to struggle with runners in scoring position and even time for the mighty Mariano Rivera to blow a save.

But, for now, the 18-game sample, however small, is the way to evaluate the Yankees. General Manager Brian

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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,

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Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 2, 2010 at 09:32:20 AM

Andy Pettitte can see the end of his gratifying career approaching and can feel the number of games he might have left reduced to a precious few dozen. Pettitte is fine with that scenario, content with trying to help the Yankees fashion another memorable season before probably retiring.

“I can’t just keep on playing,” Pettitte said. “I need to get back home.”

With no prompting, Pettitte veered from discussing how comfortable he has felt as a pitcher this spring to how uncomfortable he feels as an absentee father. When some players lament how much they miss their family because of the draining season, their words seem choreographed. When Pettitte says those same words, he seems sincere.

As soon as Pettitte vividly described how much it bothered him to see Josh,

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