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David Robertson, Ivan Nova, Mike Pelfrey, C.J. Nitkowski and Ryan Braun

Yankees reliever David Robertson throws in the bullpen

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It doesn't sound good for David Robertson, who injured his right foot Wednesday night. Perhaps we'll get more information today.

At times like this, however, it's worth remembering that relief pitchers, except for the truly elites like Mariano Rivera, are both volatile and replaceable. Maybe Robertson could have replicted his 2011 season in 2012 if not for this injury. I would've bet against...

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Walking through my suggestions for the 2012 Yankees

CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees

(Credit: Photo by Jim McIsaac)

The reality of my job - and I suppose most jobs - is that not all assignments are fulfilled equally. I have more time to dedicate to some than I do for others.

For instance, I like doing a "How to Fix the Yankees" piece on the day that the Yankees' bigwigs hold their post-mortem at the Stadium. Last year, that occurred on October 25, and I took a car service from Yankee Stadium...

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Joe Girardi's post-mortem

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks during

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By my count, there were 31 questioners, many asking multiple and/or follow-up queries, and the session lasted right around 37 minutes.

Not much of interest was said in that time, however. There was too much talk for my liking about how much of a factor luck plays in the postseason, and about whether players are truly clutch or tighten up or whatever.

Yawn. The Yankees played five games...

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Freddy Garcia, Jesus Montero, the Red Sox, the races and Jose Reyes

We have new playoff brackets:

AL: Yankees (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Boston (4)

NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Arizona (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4)

Thoughts: The Rangers' victory over Seattle, combined with Detroit's loss to Baltimore, flip-flopped the AL's two and three seeds. And it begs the question for the Yankees: Whom would they rather face?

Your first reaction...

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Red Sox-Yankees rainout notes

Greetings from a wet Yankee Stadium. Thankfully, the game has been called, given the horrible forecast, and there'll be a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.

I spent some time in the Red Sox clubhouse, and it was pretty empty, but those around didn't show too much concern with their behavior. Dustin Pedroia, always lively, talked trash to a pair of diminutive Latino reporters who were hanging...

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The Yankees' bullpen, Daniel Herrera and the September slumber

At the Yankees' victory over Toronto, I wrote about the Yankees' bullpen, which was counted on to be excellent and has lived up to those expectations, albeit with some different names than originally anticipated.

--Joe Girardi stayed mum about his plans for the team's starting rotation, regarding whether A.J. Burnett or Phil Hughes gets thrown overboard. Girardi did say, however, that the...

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Jim Hendry, Francisco Rodriguez, Aaron Laffey and Freddy Garcia

Greetings from Citi Field. I think all the travel this week got to me. I'm coughing and sneezing like I'm tributing Mr. Lippman in this "Seinfeld" episode.

Just a few things:

--The Cubs fired general manager Jim Hendry, an expected move and the right one. Hendry had his shot, as he himself said, and it makes sense that (essentially) second-year owner Tom Ricketts wants...

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Ivan Nova, the Yankees' rotation and Angel Pagan

Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Apologies once more for the tardiness. The quick turnaround from night game to day game got me. I'm at Angels-Yankees. So let's quickly catch up.

First of all, we have new playoff brackets this morning:

AL: Boston (1) vs. Detroit (3), Texas (2) vs. Yankees (4)

NL: Philadelphia (1) vs. Arizona (3), Milwaukee (2) vs. Atlanta (4)

Notes: The Diamondbacks overtook the Giants for...

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Alex Rodriguez, Ivan Nova, the playoff schedule and the alleged Blue Jays' sign-stealers

Greetings from a pleasant night at the Stadium. Just a few items on the docket:

--Alex Rodriguez, rehabilitating down in Tampa, remains on track to play Friday in a minor-league game, and Joe Girardi said that A-Rod should be able to join the Yankees on their road trip next week, starting Monday in Kansas City. Interestingly, though, Girardi said he would guess that A-Rod would not be ready...

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The Yankees' starting pitching dilemma

Greetings from Fenway Park. It's good to be here after a nearly four-month hiatus.

The big item of discussion here is what the Yankees will do, moving forward with their starting rotation. Joe Girardi didn't provide any answers, but he did offer some clues. 

First of all, Phil Hughes will be placed in the bullpen for this weekend, Girardi said, explaining that by speaking of the...

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