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Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 17, 2012 at 10:12:16 AM

Raul Ibanez was a searcher in his first few weeks with the Yankees. He searched for his swing, searched for his timing and searched for a groove, that blissful place where hitters always want to live. Ibanez also searched for some hits. In his first 37 at-bats in Spring Training he managed two hits.

So, on a warm night in Fort Myers, Fla., last March, I asked Kevin Long, the Yankees’ hitting coach, if he was concerned about Ibanez’s awful start. At the time, Ibanez was batting .059. I realized those were only spring statistics, which can be meaningless. But .059 was an ugly number for a hitter.

“I know Raul is going to hit for us,” Long said.

Long explained how he wasn’t bothered by Ibanez’s unsightly average because he saw some other encouraging signs.

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jul 9, 2012 at 01:40:40 PM

Robinson Cano cannot become a free agent until after the 2013 season, but, as he continues to evolve as an elite player who is actually getting better, the Yankees have had internal discussions about his future with them. Cano is the best player on the Yankees, a player who they want and need to stay precisely where he is.

When I asked General Manager Brian Cashman if he had entertained the notion of signing Cano to a long-term contract before Cano can test free agency, he said, "Oh, yeah. But we haven't done it yet."

Cano is earning $14 million this season and the Yankees will exercise his $15 million option for next season. For the 2014 season, Cashman has stressed how vital it is for the Yankees to have a payroll under $189 million. If the Yankees succeed in keeping their payroll

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 28, 2012 at 11:55:32 AM

The images of Andy Pettitte Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium were blissful. He stood near the batter’s box and smacked grounders to his sons. When Pettitte came out of retirement, this was one of the fringe benefits he knew he would have again. He looked content.

The images of Pettitte on Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium were disturbing. There was a liner that caromed off his left leg. Then Pettitte fell to the ground. He crawled for the ball and stopped. He tried to remain in the game, but he lasted one more pitch. He looked morose.

It was a sobering day for the Yankees. Before the 5-4 win over the Indians, manager Joe Girardi revealed that CC Sabathia had a strained groin and would go on the disabled list. The Sabathia news was the equivalent of a punch to the stomach since

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 15, 2012 at 07:39:31 AM

As the Yankees played sluggishly in April and most of May, Brian Cashman waited. Baseball is a long season. Since Cashman is in his 15th season as the general manager, he could easily recite seasons in which very good Yankee teams sputtered or performed unevenly. That happens.

Even as the starting rotation fizzled and even as the Yankees failed to produce with runners in scoring position, Cashman was patient. He was confident in these Yankees, a message he emphasized during a team meeting on May 22. Cashman told the players he didn’t meet with them because he was panicking, but to remind them that the solutions to the team’s problems were already in the clubhouse.

While Cashman has declined to discuss the meeting, the Yankees have been much better since Cashman and Manager

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 11, 2012 at 02:12:48 PM

The boys and girls from St. Lucy’s Catholic School in the Bronx crowded around Russell Martin. They wanted a high-five, an autograph or the chance to have their picture snapped with the Yankees’ catcher. The kids were giddy about meeting a real Yankee, playfully pushing toward Martin to try and steal his attention.

This scene occurred about three weeks ago in the auditorium of an elementary school that is still mourning and still trying to heal. Martin and three teammates visited St. Lucy’s to let the students know how much they cared about them following the loss of Niely Rosario, a first-grader at the school. Niely was one of seven members of the same family killed in the devastating accident along the Bronx River Parkway in April.

As Martin stood between the stage

Posted by: Jack Curry on Jun 7, 2012 at 11:45:06 AM

The news of Andy Pettitte’s return to the Yankees came in a blur in March, which was followed by an assortment of questions. Why was he coming back? Who would he replace in the already packed rotation? When would he be ready to pitch? How good could he be?

After the hype around the Yankees subsided, it was replaced by hope. The Yankees hoped that Pettitte would prove that he could be an effective starter again. There were dozens of questions about Pettitte’s return after not pitching in 2011, but only one really mattered: Could Pettitte pitch as well as he did in 2010?

So far, Pettitte has answered that vital question in a resounding fashion. He has actually been better than he was in his last full Major League season. Pettitte looked and performed like a confident pitcher

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 21, 2012 at 09:35:13 AM

The plan sounded cool enough. My wife, Pamela, and I decided to take Kyle, our nephew, to a Yankee game for his 16th birthday. We told Kyle he could bring a few friends, too. Kyle picked Sunday’s game against the Reds long before we knew CC Sabathia would oppose Johnny Cueto, a nifty pitcher’s duel that made the afternoon even more enticing.

Before we reached Yankee Stadium, I tweeted that I would be attending the game instead of analyzing the action with Bob Lorenz at the YES Network studios. Soon after that tweet, I received an invitation from Vinny Milano. Better known as Bald Vinny, he is the maestro of the Bleacher Creatures.

“My wife and kids are coming, too,” Vinny tweeted me. “You guys should join us in Section 203 for Roll Call.”

I had been

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 10, 2012 at 12:24:53 PM

Fifteen years later, the vision of a spooked Mariano Rivera is still embedded in my cranium. One week into the 1997 season, Rivera surrendered a 464-foot homer to Mark McGwire and blew his second save in four chances. Rivera was the new closer for the Yankees, but he was failing in the ninth inning.

As Rivera fielded questions about letting a 1-0 lead disappear at Yankee Stadium, his voice cracked. He searched for the proper words, but he was really searching for the right answers, too. The more Rivera spoke, the more obvious it became that he was a bewildered soul. He was the closer who wasn’t closing.

“I think I need something to get me going,” Rivera said at the time. “I think mentally to get me going I have to try to think like last year. Just think it’s

Posted by: Jack Curry on May 4, 2012 at 09:27:45 AM

Spotting Mariano Rivera during batting practice was never a chore. A Yankee hitter would blast a shot into the outfield gaps and a blur would bolt across the grass to grab it. That blur was Rivera, who shagged fly balls as part of his pregame routine. It was easy to watch Rivera glide around the outfield.

On a sobering Thursday in Kansas City, it wasn’t easy to watch Rivera in the outfield. It was awful. Awful to watch Rivera land awkwardly after leaping for a ball near the left field warning track, awful to see his face plastered with pain and awful to see him grabbing his damaged right knee. Rivera, the mightiest of closers, looked helpless.

A few hours later, a somber Rivera revealed that he had torn the ACL and meniscus in his knee, a devastating injury. As difficult as it was to

Posted by: Jack Curry on Apr 26, 2012 at 05:07:59 PM

One day later, there was still a sobering quality to Brian Cashman's voice. He sounded forlorn and fatigued, which was apt. Thursday was a difficult day in Yankeeland, a day when Cashman announced that Michael Pineda had an anterior labral tear in his right shoulder and would miss the next 12 months.

The excitement that Cashman felt after acquiring Pineda from the Seattle Mariners in a four-player trade three months ago had been replaced by the frigid reality that Pineda won't throw a pitch in 2012. So the power pitcher who was supposed to be an essential part of a rotation that could guide the Yankees to the postseason has become a bystander.

"It is what it is," Cashman said. "And it's not good."

Cashman believes that Pineda injured himself on the final pitch that he threw in extended