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'Whirlwind' turnaround for Kearns, Wood

'Whirlwind' turnaround for Kearns, Wood

NEW YORK -- Austin Kearns looked around at the Yankees' clubhouse and said he could use a GPS to find his way around. Kerry Wood said something about the pinstriped uniform just feeling different.

The Yankees' two new acquisitions from Cleveland couldn't be happier by trading up from last place in the American League Central to first place in the AL East. Each acknowledged that stepping foot into the home dugout at Yankee Stadium felt a little special.

"When I look around, everything to me just rubs off on you as winning," said Kearns, who added that he always enjoyed playing in front of big New York crowds. "These guys win. You sense that. You can feel that when you expect to win and expect big things."

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Wood was late to arrive with the team, and he said it's been a bit of a "whirlwind" trying to settle in. After making his first appearance with the Yankees on Sunday in his first outing off the disabled list, the right-hander expects to be more under control his next time out.

"It was adrenaline for the first time in a while," Wood said of his Sunday outing against the Rays, during which he walked two and gave up one hit in one inning. "I'll try to slow it down next time and hopefully be better -- be more effective."

-- Tim Britton

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