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Eiland expects Javy lovefest

Apparently New York Yankees' pitching coach Dave Eiland lives in a place where the sun always shines.

At least it would seem so in light of his optimism regarding the struggling Javier Vazquez.

"That's my job, to keep his focus on pitching," Eiland said. "My message has always been one pitch at a time, one hitter at a time, one inning at a time, and that is what he has to do. Part of pitching here in New York is you have to block out some of this stuff. This is a tough place to pitch. He has pitched here before and he has had a lot of success here so I expect him to get things rolling again.

"These New York fans are passionate and rightfully so. He's going to be fine. I hope they have a little bit of patience with him. In the end, they are going to love him and not want to boo him."

Vazquez (1-3, 9.00 ERA) is slated to pitch at Yankee Stadium Saturday. I don't know about love, but it would be nice for him to pitch well enough Saturday to at least earn some tolerance.