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Torre's return puts spotlight on Girardi

Old Joe's missed but not needed -- which says a lot about current skipper's success

Updated: June 27, 2011, 9:04 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Joe Torre's eyes started tearing up as he stood on the steps of the dugout Sunday, waiting to be introduced for his first Old-Timers' Day game at Yankee Stadium and first day back in uniform since he left the team unhappily in 2007. But it says a lot about the job that Joe Girardi has done as New York Yankees manager that Torre's return had something both sentimentalists and hard-eyed realists could hold onto: Torre may be justifiably missed, but nobody's saying he's needed by the ...

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