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The Yankees will celebrate more often than not in 2013
It is a patchwork roster whose only hope was to somehow keep its head above water until the stars could return.
Vernon Wells, Chris Stewart and Jayson Nix were supposed to be back-ups.
David Phelps was supposed to be a long reliever.
Joba Chamberlain was supposed to be the seventh inning guy.
Yet, the three supposed back-ups are full-time starters, Phelps is a starter who just threw six-and-two-thirds innings of four hit ball in a 1-0 loss to the Indians and Joba is on the DL.
Given all of that, one would expect to open the paper and see the team wallowing near the bottom of the American League.
Despite the injuries and setbacks to rehab projects, the team has fought its way to the top of its division and the American League.
Imagine what they will do when their injured return.
While where they stand today by no means indicates they will be champions at the end of 2013, but what it does show is that the Yankees will contend for the entire season.
With what the Yankees have accomplished up to this point, nothing that happens for the remainder of the season should surprise you.