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Drama ends early for Yanks, Posada

NEW YORK — Jorge Posada apologized to the New York Yankees on Sunday in face-to-face conversations with manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman, saying simply, “I had a bad day,” and it boiled over into a messy public spat with the team.

“All the frustration came out,” Posada said. “It was just one of those days you wish you could take back.”

Posada was not in New York’s lineup against Boston left-hander Jon Lester, one night after the slumping star asked to sit out — the beginning of a bizarre saga that led to the Yankees contacting the commissioner’s office about possible recourse, a pursuit they’ve since dropped.

And by Sunday, the five-time All-Star was smiling and laughing while speaking with reporters in the clubhouse, appearing generally relaxed despite his .165 batting average.

Even though Posada wasn’t in the starting lineup, the Bleacher Creatures chanted his name during their daily “roll call,” and the rest of the Yankee Stadium crowd cheered. The 39-year-old Posada, who has helped New York win five World Series titles and seven American League pennants, stood up in the dugout and waved.

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said Cashman informed owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, along with club president Randy Levine, about Posada’s apologies, and the team considers the matter closed. Zillo said the Yankees will not take any disciplinary action.

“We had a nice conversation. We talked about being emotional and going through struggles and what defines who you are. He apologized and said, ‘I had a bad day,’ and I said, ‘I have had bad days, too,’ ” Girardi said. “I know it’s hard to struggle, but you’re going to get through this.’’

On the field, Posada hugged Alex Rodriguez and chatted with other teammates during batting practice. Yankees captain Derek Jeter, one of Posada’s best friends, said the issue was resolved and he saw nothing wrong with what his pal did Saturday.

“It’s not the first time that someone has come out of the lineup,” Jeter said. “If you need a day, you need a day. … If I thought he did something wrong, I’d be the first to tell him.”

EXTRA BASES

Injured Texas Rangers sluggers Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz could be back in the lineup together soon — at Double-A Frisco. Cruz will begin a rehabilitation assignment today at Frisco. …Minnesota reliever Jose Mijares’ pitching elbow is sore, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says the team will likely put the left-hander on the disabled list. Mijares is one of two left-handed relievers in the Twins’ bullpen.He is 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 352/3 innings. … Chipper Jones was removed from the Atlanta Braves’ starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday due to soreness in his right knee. The Braves also placed right-hander Brandon Beachy on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique and recalled reliever Scott Proctor from Triple-A Gwinnett.

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