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Rookie Curtis shows veteran mettle

Cancer survivor keeps pressure in perspective, gets hailed as hero in the Bronx

Updated: July 22, 2010, 3:05 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- It would have been a daunting situation even for a veteran, being sent up to pinch-hit for a teammate who had just been ejected from a close game and, worst of all, with an 0-2 count.

But maybe it was a little less so for Colin Curtis, with all of 26 major league at-bats on his résumé and exactly one month of service under his belt, when Joe Girardi told him to grab a bat and finish up for Brett Gardner.

Curtis, you see, knows a little bit about hitting from ...

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