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With rotation in shambles, Yankees adjusted their ground game

Brandon McCarthy, left, Shane Greene, Hiroki Kuroda and

(Credit: AP collage)

Just a little more than a week into July, the Yankees were left with only one of their season-opening starting pitchers healthy.

Ivan Nova – Tommy John surgery. CC Sabathia – knee problems. Michael Pineda – a shoulder ailment.

Then came the biggest blow of all: Masahiro Tanaka had a tear of the ulnar ligament in his right elbow. Rehab was prescribed, but season-ending Tommy John surgery...

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