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Vazquez Flying High in Bronx

Call it corny or what you will, but there's a rhyme and a reason behind Javier Vazquez's early success for the New York Yankees.<br> <br> Sure, Vazquez is blessed with exceptional talent and three great pitches that he can throw for strikes in any count and any situation. But there have been pitchers – Jeff Weaver, anyone? – who have entered the New York picture with a solid mound arsenal and watched as their confidence dwindled down to a dust bunny.

After six seasons in Montreal as the Expos' go-to guy in the rotation, Vazquez is comfortably adjusting to life under the halogen Bronx lights. The righthander notched his third win as a Yankee Friday night, holding the Kansas City Royals to two runs in eight innings, striking out five. There's no great secret, Vazquez says. It's just a matter of not taking all of these New York distractions... Recommended Stories

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