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AL DIVISION SERIES NOTES

Yankees' Jorge Posada upset about being benched for Game 2

The conversation Joe Girardi had with the Yankees catcher was a familiar one for the New York manager, who had his time cut into by Posada when he played for New York.

October 09, 2009|Associated Press

NEW YORK — Yankees Manager Joe Girardi had the conversation with Jorge Posada on Sunday, a talk similar to one he had with Joe Torre when Posada was about to cut into Girardi's time behind the plate.

Girardi didn't like it, and he didn't expect Posada to be excited about light-hitting Jose Molina catching A.J. Burnett in the postseason.

"When I played here, we split guys during the playoffs," Girardi said Thursday. "Of course, you want to play every day. I wouldn't want a catcher who didn't want to play every day. That would bother me inside if the guy didn't want to play every day."

Posada wants to play in Game 2 of the AL division series today, but Molina will be behind the plate when Burnett throws his first postseason pitch against Minnesota.

Regular designated hitter Hideki Matsui will also start the second playoff game at the new Yankee Stadium, leaving no room for Posada.

"I can't do nothing about it," Posada said. "Just sit and watch the ballgame."

There are no catching issues for Minnesota, which finally got a day off to rest after a whirlwind 48 hours that included a 12-inning victory against Detroit in the AL Central tiebreaker Tuesday. Joe Mauer will be Nick Blackburn's battery mate after going two for four in Game 1.

Tigers' GM meets with Cabrera

Detroit Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski said he met with Miguel Cabrera following the season to address the slugger's decision to get drunk last week.

Dombrowski said Thursday that Cabrera "knows he made a mistake," adding he's confident Cabrera is going to address the issues that led to problems.

The first baseman got drunk after Friday night's game. Police say he got in a fight with his wife, leaving him with a bruised and cut face and a trip to a police station, where Dombrowski picked him up.

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