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Chavez: “They do practice it”

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Eric Chavez was on the other side of the Flip Play.

“I heard (the Yankees) started practicing the year after,” Chavez said this afternoon.

Chavez was kidding, adding his own touch of humor in the wake of Bobby Valentine’s comments yesterday.

“I didn’t know they practiced it here, but obviously they do,” Chavez said. “We did it last year too and I was like, ‘Oh God, they do practice it.’ When I heard it, I was like, there’s no way you practice that. But I guess they do.”

It was coincidence that the Yankees practiced cutoffs and relays this afternoon. It’s the last set of fundamentals they go over in spring training, and apparently it had been on the schedule for weeks. The timing couldn’t have been better.