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Long expects big things from A-Rod, plus other notes02.10.11

Two years ago, the Yankees best hitter was Mark Teixeira. Last year, it was Robinson Cano. Could it be Alex Rodriguez’s turn again in 2011?

“We talk about Cano as obviously one of the best players in the game,” Kevin Long told ESPNNewYork. “Alex had more home runs and drove in more runs in five less weeks. So if Cano’s considered one of the best, what’s Alex considered? I think there’s still plenty of production there.”

In his story, Wally Matthews mentioned Rodriguez’s ugly splits against left-handers last season. Long is well aware of the numbers, and so is Rodriguez.

“I just said to him, ‘Lefties,'” Long said. “And he said, ‘I know.'”

A few more links from today.

• Speaking of Yankees coaches, Larry Rothschild has inherited a thin rotation with uncertainty at the top (A.J. Burnett) and uncertainty at the bottom (the competition for No. 4 and 5). Rothschild thinks Burnett is on the right track, and he’s happy with what he’s seen from Ivan Nova. “Nova’s certainly a young kid with good enough stuff,” he said.

Rothschild also talked today about the state of the Yankees bullpen.

• Over at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron wrote about the possibility of the Yankees making a trade for Francisco Liriano.

• Over at, Buster Olney wrote about Brewers closer John Axford, who spent one largely forgotten year in the Yankees minor league system.

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