There was a point in the season — it wasn’t so long ago, and it wasn’t limited to a game or two — when the Yankees looked awful against left-handed pitchers. Alex Rodriguez was hurt, then Mark Teixeira went down. Andruw Jones wasn’t hitting, and neither were the Steve Pearce and Casey McGehee fill-ins. Ichiro Suzuki hadn’t gotten hot yet, Robinson Cano’s splits were surprisingly bad, and the Yankees had learned to limit Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez’s at-bats to right-handers.
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