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    by Published on 06-18-12 11:00 AM

    Back on May 21, 2012, the New York Yankees sat in last place with a record of 21-21. They were shut out that day by Felipe Paulino and the Kansas City Royals, 6-0, and were five and a half games behind the division leaders. Hiroki Kuroda got hit around pretty good that day. The tone around here was pretty grim. Our wonderful readers and comments were getting testy. What a difference a month makes. Here we are and since then, the Yankees have gone 19-4 and have gone from a .500 record to a winning percentage over .600 with the second best record in the majors. The only little blip in the road during that time was a series against a red hot Angels team that took the Yankees two out of three. Three series sweeps in a row have capped the giddy run and all were against the best teams in the National League East and the last two on the road. It has been a fun ride.

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    by Published on 06-15-12 03:27 PM

    Jon Heyman has a profile of Francisco Cervelli up on his CBS Sports blog that’s pretty interesting and worth a read if you’re a fan of Cervelli’s. Cervelli attributes his early season struggles to being too focused on his surprising demotion after the Yankees acquired Chris Stewart from the Giants on the last day of Spring Training, but seems to have mostly worked through the frustration to plug along and do his job, and he insists he’s not taking it personally. I can’t imagine it’s been an easy couple of months for Cervelli, but that’s the business, and it seems like he’s at least got a good amount of perspective with respect to his situation. Heyman’s closing, however, is another matter:

    Cervelli had nothing bad to say about the Yankees. But he made it clear he’s playing to show someone — anyone — that he is still worthy of being a big leaguer.

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