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New York Yankees, Phillies are teams to beat in 2010

New York Yankees, Phillies are teams to beat in 2010

Lest there be any doubt, manager Joe Girardi made the New York Yankees' 2010 intentions perfectly clear when he upped the number on his jersey from 27 to 28.
Girardi's gesture came after the storied franchise captured their 27th World Series title in 2009.
But the Yankees may find it's not so simple to get to number 28, with a bevy of challengers lying in wait in both the American and National Leagues.
"You have to work twice as hard to get back to where we were last year," said Yankees ace CC Sabathia, tabbed to start Major League Baseball's season-opener against the Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park.
"We've brought in some great players and quality people," said Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. "You know it's our job to navigate this to the same place."
Rodriguez, having finally captured an elusive World Series title, his homing in this season on another milestone: He's 17 home runs shy of 600.
The Yankees beat defending World Series champions Philadelphia in six games last autumn for their first title since winning three straight from 1998 to 2000.
After making their debut season at new Yankee Stadium such a success, New York have bolstered their roster with additions incuding pitcher Javier Vazquez and All-Star centerfielder Curtis Granderson.
Meanwhile the Phillies, trying to become the first team since St. Louis in the 1940s to win three straight National League pennants, added red-hot hurler Roy Halladay to go with their explosive offense.
"That's our goal, to get back to the World Series and win again," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "That's our ultimate goal this year."
Doping concerns have been less in the forefront this pre-season than last, but baseball again finds itself linked to a federal drugs probe.
Canadian doctor Anthony Galea is under investigation for possibly smuggling human growth hormone and another drug not approved for use in North America.


Updated : 2021-07-26 22:28 GMT+08:00