Girardi has Yankees in early hole

Bombers find themselves 0-2 in part because of some puzzling moves by manager

Updated: April 8, 2012, 5:38 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Despite their 0-2 record, more than a couple of Yankees are operating at midseason levels. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano are hitting .333. Alex Rodriguez is moving like a kid again at third base. After all the spring training panic, Raul Ibanez has five RBIs already and is on pace to drive in 405 runs this season.

But some of them are performing as if it is still March, or even February: sluggishly, as if they aren't quite sure of what to do yet or how to do it.

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