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Patterson Out To Prove He Belongs

When the Yankees announced their 2008 Opening Day roster, there were many people who were surprised to find Scott Patterson's name nowhere to be found. After all, he delivered on all accounts in his first big league camp, allowing one hit and no runs in 7 2/3 innings pitched. Despite tremendous numbers, Patterson was sent back to the Triple-A level in Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

While many might take umbrage with the decision, Scott Patterson is not that type of player. Despite his disappointment, Patterson displayed confidence in himself. Yankees manager Joe Girardi expressed a similar confidence in Patterson as well. "His exact words [to me] were that it was the hardest decision he had to make," said the right-handed reliever while speaking of the final...

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