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Steinbrenner says he has no problem with Jeter

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For The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - New York Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner says he's not upset that team captain Derek Jeter is supporting Jorge Posada.

Posada pulled himself out of the lineup over the weekend, saying he needed a day off, and a public spat ensued between the slumping slugger and team management. Jeter later said he saw nothing wrong with what his pal did.

"I don't have a problem with that," Steinbrenner told The Associated Press on Monday. "They've known each other for a long time."

Steinbrenner said he is miffed the Yankees got swept over the weekend at home by Boston, leaving them with a five-game losing streak.

Posada has since apologized to the Yankees. The Yankees held a conference call Monday with Jeter, team president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.

"We're all on the same page," Jeter said, without getting into specifics.

Posada was not in the lineup Monday night for the series opener at Tampa Bay. Tough lefty David Price was set to start for the AL East-leading Rays, and the switch-hitting Posada doesn't have a hit against a left-hander this season.

Alex Rodriguez was listed as the designated hitter, Posada's spot for most of the season.

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