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A-Rod no-show for picture/Yankees pregame

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Aug 03, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here again for Chad at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees all gathered in uniform behind home plate to pose for the annual team picture at 3:45, but Alex Rodriguez was nowhere to be found. The photographer eventually had to use a stand in, the team’s director of publications,  Al Santasiere III, and he will digitally become A-Rod in the photo. Joe Girardi indicated a fine from the teams’ Kangaroo Court would be forthcoming.

“Captain Kangaroo is probably going to get Alex for this one,” Girardi said with a smile. “Players aren’t always the best at reading memos put on their chairs.”

Girardi also said he didn’t think Rodriguez was pressing for his 600th homer. …

After another inconsistent performance by A.J. Burnett on Monday night, Girardi said he wasn’t buying that this up-and-down nature will be the norm throughout the right-hander’s time here.

“I refuse to accept that,” Girardi said. …

Curtis Granderson is out of the lineup with left-hander Ricky Romero starting, and Austin Kearns is in his place, albeit in left with Brett Gardner moving to center. But Girardi indicated that Granderson hasn’t become strictly a platoon player and will still get some at-bats vs. lefties.

Here’s Toronto’s lineup:

1. Fred Lewis DH

2. Yunel Escobar SS

3. Jose Bautista RF

4. Vernon Wells CF

5. Adam Lind 1B

6. Aaron Hill 2B

7. John Buck C

8. Travis Snider LF

9. Edwin Encarnacion 3B

Ricky Romero P




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