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2012 New York Yankees: Battle for the Fifth Starter Slot

Yankees’ rotation was the biggest weakness on the team last season. Phil Hughes fell victim to a dead arm and A.J. Burnett floundered through another sporadic season. Players like Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia came back from the dead to perform well far beyond their prime.

The same success could not be counted on going into another year.

The Yankees were able to fix that hole in the offseason. With the additions of Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda to tighten the rotation, one of the Yankees’ biggest weaknesses has turned into a strength. 

The first four pitchers in the rotation are locked in: the newcomers, Pineda and Kuroda; ace CC Sabathia; and Ivan Nova, fresh off a breakout season. That leaves the fifth spot up for ...

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