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Pressure to perform encircles Girardi

Scrutiny of the second-year New York Yankees manager will be as intense as ever

Originally Published: April 4, 2009
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Friday, March 13, was, ironically, the start of a good week to be Joe Girardi. The New York Yankees manager's most important player, Mariano Rivera, was upbeat and confident. Rivera hadn't thrown a baseball in earnest since offseason surgery but was scheduled to throw a bullpen session and, in the coming days, appear in his first spring game. Two other key players, Robinson Cano and Damaso Marte, had returned to spring training in Tampa, Fla., from the World Baseball Classic, albeit with minor ...

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