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08:26 AM ET 12.29 | While Andy Pettitte vacations in Hawaii, the Yankees may be sweating things out a little more. After already whiffing on Cliff Lee in free agency, the Yanks are aware there are few other big-name options available to slot in behind CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes in their starting rotation. "Every day I hope Andy comes back," Yankees president Randy Levine said at a Times Square press conference Tuesday to kick off festivities for Thursday's Pinstripe Bowl between Syracuse and Kansas State at the Stadium. "Andy's a great Yankee and a great person and I know he'll give it thought and follow his heart and we'll respect his decision. But we're out there, all of us, hoping every day that he comes back," Levine added. "I think he knows we need him. I think he knows how much we respect him and what a great leader he is."

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December 29, 2010  08:52 AM ET

Levine: We need better spam control. Just filter every post that has the chars 'http' in them. EASY!

December 29, 2010  08:53 AM ET

Yankees need a bit more than Pettitte to compete with the Red Sox in '11.

December 29, 2010  09:40 AM ET

Pettitte wouldn't get that kind of public praise if the Yankees didn't desperately need him.

December 29, 2010  09:53 AM ET
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please elaborate

It comes down to starting pitching....the Red Sox rotation is better than the Yankees rotation right now without Andy in the Bronx. I don't think Beckett or Lackey are anything special, but Lester and Buchholz alone are better than CC and Hughes. Who is the Yanks #3 starter, Nova? He of the 4.50. Lackey in a down year was better than either Nova or AJ.

December 29, 2010  10:05 AM ET

Truth or Rumor?

December 29, 2010  10:07 AM ET
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Yankees need a bit more than Pettitte to compete with the Red Sox in '11.

Good thing they have more.
Yes the world has turned upside down and there will be no competition between two teams that won 95 and 89 games respectively, what will they ever do????

December 29, 2010  10:08 AM ET
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It comes down to starting pitching....the Red Sox rotation is better than the Yankees rotation right now without Andy in the Bronx. I don't think Beckett or Lackey are anything special, but Lester and Buchholz alone are better than CC and Hughes. Who is the Yanks #3 starter, Nova? He of the 4.50. Lackey in a down year was better than either Nova or AJ.

Funny when you have to compare Lackey to Nova or Burnett, who had a horrible year last year, perhaps the rest of the AL East will thump both teams.

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December 29, 2010  10:21 AM ET

Nothing worse than watching a high ranking Yankee executive grovel at the feet of a player.

December 29, 2010  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It comes down to starting pitching....the Red Sox rotation is better than the Yankees rotation right now without Andy in the Bronx. I don't think Beckett or Lackey are anything special, but Lester and Buchholz alone are better than CC and Hughes. Who is the Yanks #3 starter, Nova? He of the 4.50. Lackey in a down year was better than either Nova or AJ.

a) If I'm not mistaken, Nova saw his first Major League action last season. 7 career starts? You're really using a small sampling to judge him on. Is there no chance he could lower that ERA with a little more experience and 30+ starts with the Yankees in 2011? I mean, come on... if he started one game and gave up 5 runs in 5 innings, would you make a big thing over his ERA being a bloated 9?

b) Speaking of young pitchers, I know Clay Buccholz had a fantastic 2010, but who's to say he'll even come close to duplicating the 2.33 ERA he posted? He'd started 34 career games and he'd never pitched 100 innings before last season. Who's to say Nova couldn't have a season like Clay and AL hitters couldn't catch up with Buccholz in 2011? I mean, really... in those cases you can't put so much weight on last season. It's one season. Even Esteban Loaiza had his one year. I know Buccholz is young and upcoming, I promise you I know he has a world of potential, but there have been a lot of those guys through the years. Not all of them panned out the way we thought they would.

Lester I think has proven himself as a lock-in for the ace with three ace-like years in a row. But like you said, you don't know what to expect out of Beckett... I think Lackey will bounce back this season, but I also think Burnett will bounce back to >respectability< as well... Hughes, who knows what will come of him? It was his first year as a starter and he had his ups and downs, but he could turn into an ace or get stuck in a mop-up role in the 'pen by September.

Injuries struck the Sox in 2010. What if Lester or Lackey goes down? What if CC gets hurt? It could change any one of our arguments. What if the Yankees make a splash for a big name starter around the All-Star break when the buyers and sellers are distinguished? What if Boston does?

I'm just saying you're putting too much stock in the 2010 numbers. As different as things could be in a month and a half, these arguments could be completely moot by June or July.

December 29, 2010  10:24 AM ET
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the sox pitching was supposed to be great the last two years and it wasn't...that's all i'm saying.

Nice avatar, btw. Gotta love Leslie.

December 29, 2010  10:27 AM ET
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Damn, I was on your side and I still get abused like an altar boy.

Scoring 6 runs a game is not getting abused, it is doing the abusing.

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December 29, 2010  10:31 AM ET
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With an ERA almost 2 full runs less (last year) than Hughes, I think Buchholz has developed a bit faster.

Buch was better last season, over the whole season, that is a fact.
Hughes is still young though and he was an allstar last year, kid shows some serious potential.

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December 29, 2010  10:35 AM ET
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Nothing worse than watching a high ranking Yankee executive grovel at the feet of a player.

I may be wrong but having irrital bowel syndrome may be worse.

 
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