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New York Yankees trying to slug their way to the top

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07:28 PM ET 04.11 | Don't look now, but eight games into the 2013 season the New York Yankees are leading the league in home runs -- again. After a beleaguered offseason during which papers and pundits forecasted the crumbling of an empire, the New York Yankees have won three games in a row and are skulling the ball. After a 1-4 start to the year, one that had doomsday preppers in the Bronx flashing back to 1965, the Bombers have reverted back to .500 on the year. Tuesday featured a 14-run outburst as the Yankees beat up on the Cleveland Indians for the second game in a row. Over a winter that seemed like it would never end was a hot stove season that was so un-Yankees like. Nick Swisher, Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez signed with other teams, and they took their combined 70 home runs with them. Yankees management, famously obdurate about getting under next year's $189 million luxury tax line, was either outbid for these players or had merely accepted the fact that they were beyond the budget, and let them walk. Suddenly a one-year, $3 million contract for Eric Chavez is too indulgent for a team valued at $2.3 billion.

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Travis Hafner, AP Photo/Matt Slocum Travis Hafner, AP Photo/Matt Slocum
April 12, 2013  03:06 AM ET

They will.

April 12, 2013  03:08 AM ET

"Don't look now, but eight games into the 2013 season the New York Yankees are leading the league in home runs -- again." ~SI

...very well put!

April 12, 2013  03:40 AM ET

All they have to do have to do is make it through this first month of the season. They've gotten positive news on Texeira, Jeter, and Granderson and all three should be back by May. All the Yankees need to do is keep the boat afloat until those three comeback, and with the Jays doing Jays-things, and everyone else in the AL East not running away with the lead, the Yankees are right smack in the middle of things.

April 12, 2013  03:43 AM ET

Imagine the lineup when everyone is healthy, including A-Rod.

Gardner
Jeter
Texeira
Cano
A-Rod
Youkilis/Wells/Hafner
Granderson
Cervelli/Stewart
Ichiro

April 12, 2013  06:44 AM ET

Somebody posted at 3:06 AM?
It's definately a tighter division now from top to bottom and we have a lot to overcome with all of these injuries but it's great to see the fill-ins helping out. Going to be an interesting season.

April 12, 2013  07:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Somebody posted at 3:06 AM?

Midnight in Seattle, 9:06 here where I live, so it was either somebody from another part of the world, or a serious insomniac :)

April 12, 2013  08:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Midnight in Seattle, 9:06 here where I live, so it was either somebody from another part of the world, or a serious insomniac :)

9:06 am, that is.

 
April 12, 2013  10:55 AM ET

Kind of a dumb title. Every team wants to slug their way to the top. They can't all do it, but they all want to. Why say New York Yankees are trying to do it. Should read ___________ (insert team name here) trying to slug their way to the top.

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