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TAMPA — It was first about Alex Rodriguez and his year-long suspension. The attention then turned to Derek Jeter and his desire to retire after the season.
There are many Yankees issues, including how effective will Dave Robertson be taking over for Mariano Rivera? How will the loss of Robinson Cano affect the offense, and the defense in the infield? Do the Yankees have enough pitching depth? And how will their new high-priced free agents (Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann) mesh?
But there were two other players in the clubhouse at George Steinbrenner Field Monday who also will have a huge say in how well the team performs.
One was righthanded starter Michael Pineda, and the other was veteran first baseman Mark Teixeira.