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Offseason whiff or no, 2011 Bombers are still a top seed -- not a scrappy mid-major

Updated: March 31, 2011, 4:42 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees are not Virginia Commonwealth, and Joe Girardi is not Shaka Smart. But somehow, March madness has descended on the Bronx, featuring the home team as the sport's first mid-major to offer nearly $200 million in full rides.

"We can just sneak up on some people," CC Sabathia said.

Welcome to the cute little campus of the zillion-to-one underdog, formerly known as the House that Ruthless People Built. Yankee Stadium no longer is an outsized monument ...

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