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Despite a diminished fastball, Mussina has been a rock for Yankees

Originally Published: June 26, 2008
By Bob Klapisch | Special to ESPN.com

It wasn't so long ago that Mike Mussina was practically a ghost in the Yankee family, referred to in the past tense as he slogged along in his eighth and (seemingly) final year in pinstripes.

Mussina's ticket out of the Bronx was punched, all right: At 39, his calling card featured an 86 mph fastball and an $11 million contract, not to mention 2007's 5.15 ERA. The door was open, and Hank Steinbrenner indelicately placed his shoe on Mussina's backside when he suggested on April 20 that ...

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