Kevin Youkilis serves as DH again

Yankees' Kevin Youkilis reacts after he strikes out

Yankees' Kevin Youkilis reacts after he strikes out looking in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium. (May 31, 2013) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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For the second straight night, Kevin Youkilis was the Yankees' DH. "He'll play third base [Sunday night],'' said Joe Girardi, who is being cautious with a player who has a history of back issues. "It's kind of a way to not run him out to third every day and try to keep him fresh.''

Youkilis was activated Friday after missing a month with a lumbar spine sprain.

Girardi said his primary concern isn't Youkilis on defense; a tweaking can occur anywhere. "I think hitting can be just as irritating because of the rotation,'' he said. "I think with backs a lot of times, you worry about the rotation more than anything.''

David Adams, a candidate to be demoted when Andy Pettitte is activated Monday, again started at third.


Familiar face

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Derek Jeter (broken ankle), whom the Yankees expect back sometime after the All-Star break, has been an on-field presence throughout the homestand, playing catch during BP.

"It's great to have him around,'' Girardi said. "He's encouraging, he's upbeat all the time. For a guy that's used to playing every day, his attitude has been pretty uplifting considering what he's going through.''

Jeter has a routine doctor's appointment this week and hopes to get clearance to begin some light on-field work, such as taking grounders hit directly at him and swinging a bat.


A-Rod a slow go

As expected, Alex Rodriguez's rehab from hip surgery has plodded along. "Just doing his work,'' Girardi said. "Ground balls, he's taking BP. Not any live BP yet. Just going through his progression . . . The ground balls, he has not moved a lot, and that's a step that he's going to have to make . . . The progression has been what they've designed. His progression is fairly long, so I don't necessarily check every day, but he has not had any setbacks.''

From the time A-Rod's surgery was announced at December's winter meetings, the Yankees made acquiring an everyday third baseman a priority, with many in the organization believing Rodriguez will not play an inning in 2013.


Living long, prospering

The Yankees hosted 111-year-old Bernando LaPallo -- his birthday is Aug. 17 -- as an on-field guest before batting practice Saturday. Jeter was among the Yankees who came by to say hello.

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LaPallo was born in Brazil and grew up in New York before moving to Mesa, Ariz. In fact, he is older than the state of Arizona, which is only 101.

The key to his longevity? "Moderation and obedience,'' said LaPallo, who speaks clearly and walks with the help of a cane. "Very few people make it to 111.''


Extra bases

Eduardo Nuñez (oblique strain), who suffered a setback taking BP May 25 in Tampa, has resumed light running . . . NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton and his family were on-field guests of the Yankees, watching BP and sitting in the Steinbrenner suite for the game.

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