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Girardi won't let Jeter get in the way

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07:36 AM ET 04.21 | Having already gone on the record as saying he wasn't hired to manage a Derek Jeter farewell tour, Joe Girardi didn't let the iconic shortstop get in the way of a chance to win Sunday, either. After Jeter opened the 11th inning with a sharp single to right with the score knotted, 1-1, Girardi lifted the Yankees captain for pinch-runner Ichiro Suzuki. "I am taking a chance of getting a run there. Ich probably has a better chance of stealing a base," said Girardi, who watched Ichiro swipe second, but then had the steal voided by replay that showed he was out. "It's a hard decision to make, but with some of the inexperience I have in the bullpen, I went for it that inning." Doing anything with Jeter is scrutinized more than any move Girardi makes, but the manager was fixated on getting ahead and Ichiro runs better than Jeter.

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Kershaw ready in early May?

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07:35 AM ET 04.21 | This past weekend brought some good news to the Dodgers as it relates to their ace. Clayton Kershaw, the defending National League Cy Young award winner, said Sunday he expects to embark on a minor league rehabilitation assignment this week. The Dodgers offered no timetable for his return to the major leagues, but one source said he believed Kershaw could rejoin the Dodgers on their next trip, which extends from April 29 through May 7. Kershaw pitched a three-inning simulated game Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Manager Don Mattingly said Kershaw reached 90 mph and has been cleared to pitch without restrictions. ... Kershaw said he expects a rehabilitation assignment comes next, assuming he reports no discomfort Monday. Mattingly said the Dodgers' training staff has not informed him of a next step.

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One Giants story sadder by the day

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07:34 AM ET 04.21 | When it comes to Marco Scutaro, the bad news is there is no news. This is turning into a sadder story for the Giants by the day. Whenever we ask about him we get the same answer. He continues to do baseball work and conditioning in Arizona in hopes of calming his back issues. But he is not playing in extended-spring games. A lot of folks are asking me about alternatives if Scutaro cannot come back this year. Remember, few trades are made this time of year. ... Even come July, I'm not sure second base will be a priority. First priority if the Giants are in contention might be experience on the bench. With due respect to Joaquin Arias, Ehire Adrianza et al, the Giants just don't have any reserves who force opposing managers to adjust their strategy late in games. Next priority might be an outfielder, and then maybe a controllable third baseman.

San Francisco Chronicle

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Gomez defiant after latest bench-clearer

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07:34 AM ET 04.21 | Unlike last season, when he played a role in a benches-clearing incident in Atlanta, Carlos Gomez was in no mood to apologize. Facing Gerrit Cole, Gomez tripled off the wall in center but didn't get out of the batter's box quickly enough for the Pirates' liking. After Gomez slid into third base, Cole came over and told Gomez that in not so many words as he took the baseball from third baseman Josh Harrison. Gomez responded in kind, with both benches emptying. ... "That (Atlanta) game I know I go over (the line). But today I'm not," Gomez said. "First of all, I hit a triple -- it's not a double -- I'm not flipping my bat because I think it's a home run. I thought it was an out. I thought it was a fly-ball out, line-drive center field. And I'm kind of like, 'Oh, I had good contact but I don't think it's going out.'"

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Hardy irked by O's silence

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07:33 AM ET 04.21 | On Monday, while sitting out Baltimore's morning game in Boston with a hamstring injury, perhaps J.J. Hardy's thoughts will again turn to his future. During spring training, [Hardy] said he hoped the Orioles would talk with his agent about a contract extension. Nearly two months later, there's been no talk, and it perplexes the shortstop. "I don't know. I don't know what to say because no matter what I say it's going to cause some controversy, a story that I really don't want to get involved with right now," Hardy said. "There's been no talk. There was going to be talk, and then there wasn't. That's kind of the way it's been left." Hardy, who has made no secret of his hope to remain with the Orioles, is hopeful there will be talks. "It just makes me curious. I don't understand what happened."

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