The Yankees started the 2010 season of well, so far.
And after a slump, the team seems to be heating up again.
Entering tonight's game against the Orioles, the Yanks have posted a 32-20 record.
New York is 6-4 over the past 10 games, following a terrible 5-9 stretch in their previous 14 contests.
Perseverance has been a big key to the Yankees winning equation.
Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson, and Nick Johnson, all of whom are everyday starters, have missed time this season.
And don't forget Mark Teixeira's season long slump.
They have also struggled through several tough starts from Javy Vazquez, along with a couple bullpen lapses.
But the players mentioned on this list have helped New York overcome those injuries and slumps, keeping the Bronx Bombers within striking distance of the steady, AL East leading Tampa Bay Rays.
A.J. Burnett is quietly having a strong season for the Yankees.
He has been better than CC Sabathia thus far, leading the Yankees wondering just who is the ace between these two.
Burnett is 6-2, with a 3.28 ERA this year. The Yankees have leaned on him to win some big games this season.
A.J. has been very effective this year, much in part to his improved command.
He's walked just 24 batters through 11 starts. In 2009, he led the league with 97 walks issued in 33 starts.
Burnett has only allowed four home runs this season, also.
Andy Pettitte has always been known as a big game pitcher. And he has come up big in almost every outing for the Yanks this year.
Now 7-1 on the season, with an ERA of 2.48, his lone loss came against those first place Rays.
Aside from that shaky start, Andy has been brilliant thus far, and is off to the best start of his career at age 38.
The Yankees needed his resurgence to make up for some lackluster starts by Javy Vazquez.
New York will need more big performances from Pettitte if they want to catch the Rays.
Nick Swisher has indeed been "Swishalicious," as John Sterling would say.
Swisher has picked the Yankees offense up several times this year.
Nick is having a career year this season.
He is batting a career best .312 this year, with nine home runs, 28 RBI, and 35 runs scored.
Swisher has also filled the two spot in the lineup with Nick Johnson on the DL.
Not a typical two hole hitter, Swisher is doing fantastic, and is coming off of the best month of his career.
As always, he continues to provide a light atmosphere in the clubhouse and is having a lot of fun out there.
Francisco Cervelli came up huge for the Yankees while Posada spent time on the DL with a fractured foot.
Not expected to do very much but field well and give Posada every fifth day off, Cervelli has provided much more.
He is hitting .311, with 23 RBI, far exceeding expectations this season.
He has also been rather clutch for the Yanks with runners in scoring position, hitting an amazing .519 in those situations.
Because Cervelli has been so good, Posada might see more time at DH when he comes back.
Cervelli has certainly left a good impression on Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman, making him the likely candidate for the full time starting job when Posada retires.
Phil Hughes has clearly taken advantage of the opportunity the Yankees gave him this season.
He's proven that he's clearly the best of the Yankees' young pitchers, and that he deserved the starter spot he won in spring training.
Hughes will try to match Andy Pettitte's team lead in wins tonight, with seven, when he goes against the Orioles.
Heading into tonight's game, Hughes is 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA.
The future ace has finally lived up to all the hype surrounding him over the past three or four years, and is one of the biggest reasons why the Yankees are so good.
He's a big piece of a rotation that features the best starting four in all of baseball.