Cervelli learns lesson: Homer but don't clap

New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli #17 hits a

New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli #17 hits a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays' Ricky Romero in the second inning at Yankee Stadium in New York. (Sept. 3, 2011) Photo Credit: John Dunn

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Francisco Cervelli's not one to make waves, so when he rounded the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the second inning Saturday, he purposely didn't clap his hands when he crossed home plate.

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The Yankees' backup catcher took some heat from the Red Sox -- and a pitch in the back from John Lackey -- for stomping on home plate and clapping his hands after hitting a home run Tuesday at Fenway Park. Cervelli said his teammates encouraged him to watch his actions, just to be safe.

"They just say don't try to get a bad reputation," said Cervelli, who went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 6-4 victory over Toronto and lifted his average to .274. "We know you and we know you're a good guy. You don't like to fight, you don't like to show up anybody. But stay with the same energy."

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