Javy picks up right where he left off

Vazquez's road to redemption hits a major speed bump in lopsided loss to Rays

Updated: April 10, 2010, 6:02 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As far as defining Yankees moments go for Javier Vazquez, nothing tops Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS, when he came into the second inning with the bases loaded, threw his first pitch to Johnny Damon and didn't see the baseball again until it landed in the stands for a season-crushing grand slam.

Still, the beginning of his second go-round with the Yankees was a heckuva way to start back on that hoariest of sports clichés, the old Road to Redemption.

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