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New York Yankees

Stadium: Yankee Stadium | Manager: Joe Girardi
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Posada apologizes to Girardi, Cashman

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Roster Report · Posada apologizes to Girardi, Cashman · Notes, Quotes
 

On Sunday, the Yankees seemed to put to rest the lineup contretemps that started Saturday when Joe Girardi demoted Jorge Posada to ninth in the batting order and Posada pulled himself out of the lineup.

Posada apologized to both Girardi and GM Brian Cashman and the Yankee brass accepted the mea culpa and said that Posada will not face any discipline, perhaps giving closure to a bizarre sequence that started when Posada told Girardi he needed to "clear his head" and then didn't tell anyone that his back was stiff too.

The Yankees, according to a team spokesman, consider the matter closed. Fans showed their support for Posada twice during the game -- once when they chanted his name during the first inning and he waved from the dugout, and again when he came out on deck to pinch-hit for his replacement, Andruw Jones, in the eighth inning. Posada got a warm ovation as he came to the plate and he walked, though he was ultimately stranded in the Yankees' 7-5 loss to Boston.

"I kind of apologized to him (Girardi)," Posada told reporters in an emotional, seven-minute address after he arrived at the ballpark. "I just had a bad day (Saturday) and, reflecting on it and stuff, it's all the frustration, it came out. I'm trying to move on."

Just before the first pitch, Posada and Cashman talked too, and seemingly buried the hatchet. Posada had been angry that Cashman had explained Posada's late scratch Saturday both on Fox's national television broadcast and to reporters in the press box.

So the Yankees were hoping that they could move on, but it's possible Posada might have to one day deal with batting ninth -- Girardi said he would do what he thought was best for the team and Posada, after all, is batting .165.

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