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New York Yankees say they won't discuss new contracts with players, manager during season

NEW YORK — Hal Steinbrenner said the Yankees won't alter their policy against contract extensions and will deal with SS Derek Jeter, closer Mariano Rivera and manager Joe Girardi after the season.

"Everybody does business in a different way," the managing general partner said Tuesday. "I just don't believe in contract extensions, and that's throughout the organization, no matter who it is. Hopefully nobody takes that personally. It's just business."

Jeter's $189 million, 10-year contract expires after the World Series, as does Rivera's $45 million, three-year deal. Girardi is entering the final season of a $7.8 million, three-year contract.

"I've got a great relationship with them all," Steinbrenner said. "I've expressed to all of them that, 'You're part of the Yankee family and you're wanted. It wouldn't be the same without you.' But as far as no extensions, it's a business policy of mine."

ADJUSTMENT PAYS OFF: DH Nick Johnson, who is working on a new hitting philosophy, pulled homers to right in both at-bats in a 12-7 loss to the Pirates.

This winter, batting coach Kevin Long suggested a change to the left handed-hitting Johnson's swing. "I'm not trying to hit the ball always to left," said Johnson, whose tendency has been to push the ball the opposite way.

DUI ARREST: Mark Newman, the senior vice president of baseball operations, was arrested Monday night in Tampa and charged with driving under the influence. He reportedly refused to take a blood-alcohol test and was released on $500 bail.

Jays: Pitcher's return right on track

DUNEDIN — Blue Jays RHP Dustin McGowan is feeling good as he tries to make it back from shoulder surgery.

McGowan threw 30 pitches during a simulated game at Toronto's minor-league complex while the rest of the team had the day off.

"I think that's the biggest one, the next two days, to see how I feel," McGowan 27, said after throwing the equivalent of two innings.

McGowan hasn't appeared in a major-league game since July 8, 2008. He had season-ending surgery three weeks later to repair a frayed labrum, and a series of setbacks sidelined him last season.

Phils: Halladay strong against division foe

LAKE BUENA VISTA — RHP Roy Halladay was impressive in his first look at his new division rivals.

Halladay, acquired in an offseason trade from the Blue Jays, allowed three hits in three scoreless innings in a 7-4 win over the Braves. He struck out five and walked none.

Halladay got out of a minor jam in the first, surrendering consecutive two-out singles to Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus before striking out Brian McCann.

Fast facts

Yankees

Where: George Steinbrenner Field, corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King, Tampa. Today: at Tigers, 1:05, Lakeland. Information: yankees.com

Phillies

Where: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Today: at Blue Jays, 1:05, Dunedin.Information: phillies.com

Blue Jays

Where: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Information: bluejays.com

New York Yankees say they won't discuss new contracts with players, manager during season 03/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 10:44pm]
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