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Maybe Sergio Mitre knows some deep, dark Joe Girardi family secrets. Maybe he's got compromising photos of the Yankee manager stashed away. I don't know. Whatever the reason, Girardi is sticking with Mitre as the Yankees' fifth starter despite four straight mediocre to awful outings and an ERA of 7.04.

"He threw the ball well," Girardi said. "His miscue cost him a really good outing, in a sense. You're looking at just a couple of solo home runs and that's basically it."

So, despite Travis' wish -- and the reality that Mitre just doesn't seem to be very good -- we are going to keep seeing him for a while. If that upsets you, enjoy the games when the other guys pitch and find something else to do when it's Mitre's turn. It's not easy to watch.

Now, let's take a quick look at some other stories making news in the Yankee Universe today.

"He's had an unbelievable year for us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And New York is not always a situation that's easy to come into your first year and have a really, really good year. It takes some players a little bit longer to adjust than others. Some players never adjust. But if you look at all the things that he's done -- whether it's been his defense that's saved us games, whether it's been him breaking up a double play to win a game for us -- he has done it all and has been the complete package.

 "His personality fits very well here," Girardi said. "To me, he's real blue-collar about the way he goes about his business. He's very unassuming. You would never have any idea that he's a superstar. He just comes in and does his work."

"The easiest way to manage it is the way we're doing it. We have a plan set out," Girardi said when asked Monday about Chamberlain's expected workload for the remainder of the regular season beginning with Tuesday's start against the Blue Jays.

"That's how you manage it, so you don't get caught in saying, 'Oh, we really need him now.' You stick to your plan and you say you're going to stick to your plan.