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Patchwork Yanks must fill in blanks

Until big-name Bombers come back, remaining crew needs to keep team together

Updated: March 29, 2013, 8:18 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

On paper, the Opening Day lineup the Yankees will send out Monday against the Boston Red Sox is arguably their worst in 20 years.

And that is without even knowing who the first baseman, the designated hitter or the catcher will be.

Think back, if you dare, to five months ago, when the Yankees were swept by the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS, a series in which they scored all of two runs over the final 27 innings. Remember how bad that team looked in those four games.

And now ...

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