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Yankees morning links

 Our site's game story could be considered one of these morning links all by itself, considering the 6-5 win over the D-Backs ended just before 2 a.m. local time.

But here's what our man in AZ, Erik Boland, had to offer:

-- Curtis Granderson had the decisive hit, but Mariano Rivera had the decisive moments in the 10-inning win. Any other closer loads the bases with no outs but escapes and everyone is moaning about a lack of effectiveness; Rivera does it and he's variously called "ice man," "the only human on earth who could do that" and a few other supernatural superlatives by fans on Twitter.

-- Joe Girardi spoke warmly of Joe Torre, the man Girardi called his mentor. Torre's unhappy parting of ways with the Yankees doesn't affect Girardi, who will face Torre and the Dodgers this weekend in Los Angeles.

-- The same cannot be said of Alex Rodriguez, who made sure to praise Torre assistants Don Mattingly and Larry Bowa but pointedly left Torre out of the discussion. Considering Torre's book detailed many of A-Rod's shortcomings, not a surprise there, and good for Rodriguez for showing some honesty in expressing his distaste for Torre. If you don't like someone, no need to be a phony, right?

-- Torre has discussed the Yankees' visit plenty. Before last night's 2-1 loss to the Angels, Torre shared some thoughts about his own future, saying he'll decide whether to return as Dodgers manager sometime later this season.

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