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Seeking Relief

The Yankees may not get no-hit every six weeks like Tampa Bay or be without their leadoff, No. 2 and No. 3 hitters like Boston, but New York has concerns. With Joba Chamberlain(below) pitching poorly (5.24 ERA), Alfredo Aceves out since early May and Philip Hughes now a starter, the bullpen has gone from a strength to a weakness. Setting aside Mariano Rivera, Yankees relievers have a 4.77 ERA, and New York has used 14 relief pitchers (second most in the AL). Joe Girardi has begun working around his pen by stretching CC Sabathia, going directly from his starter to Rivera in Sabathia's last three outings, but there's a limit to how much Girardi can duck his own bullpen. Look for G.M. Brian Cashman to get relief help before the July 31 trade deadline.

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ERICK W. RASCO