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Joe Girardi gambles, and it pays off

The Yankees' skipper started Phil Hughes on Sunday, and his team beat the Red Sox

Updated: September 27, 2010, 2:09 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Finally, after weeks of managing without any sense of urgency, the Yankees' Joe Girardi switched the ignition back on.

The impact it had on his team was undisputed. By starting Phil Hughes instead of the pedestrian Dustin Moseley on Sunday night, Girardi gave his players the "It's time to get serious again" sign.

"I loved it," Alex Rodriguez said of Girardi's decision to turn to Hughes.

No more taking the playoffs for granted -- the Yankees were ...

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