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Around the Yankee Universe, 03.26.09

Here are a few New York Yankees notes for today.

  • The Yankees have to hope that Robinson Cano learned from his difficult 2008 season. It sounds like he has.

"You have to keep playing hard all the time and show respect for your teammates all the time," Cano said. "I wasn't doing good and I started thinking about it, so I didn't play as hard. I learned a lot from that. I was embarrassed. Being taken out of the game for the first time in my life, I learned from my mistake.

Makes you wonder why Joe Girardi waited until September, when the season was already lost, to step on Cano.

  • The Yankees are open to trading Melky Cabrera. I'm not sue I get that, unless you get someone you are sure can help the big-league club right now. I love Brett Gardner's game and want him to win the job and keep it, but who plays center if Melky is gone and Gardner flops?
  • The Yankees are very curious to see what kind of progress ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte makes this season.
  • A survey shows that the Yankees still rule in New York.