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Yankees' Willie Randolph photobombs Joe Girardi

Former Major League player and manager Willie Randolph

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Willie Randolph turned in the performance of Yankees spring training on Tuesday night.

The Yankees' bench coach photobombed manager Joe Girardi's in-game TV interview on Tuesday night aganst the Blue Jays.

Everything about it was flawless -- the way Randolph sneaks up behind Girardi without anybody noticing, the face he makes and the way he slinks back as if he didn't just photobomb...

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Could Alex Rodriguez play shortstop if needed?

Alex Rodriguez stands at third during the first

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Alex Rodriguez back at shortstop? The concept may not be so farfetched.

With Derek Jeter still rehabbing his calf strain, and Jayson Nix likely out for the rest of the season with a fractured hand, the Yankees are playing with a three-man bench consisting of one outfielder (Brett Gardner or Vernon Wells), one catcher (Austin Romine or Chris Stewart) and one first baseman (Lyle Overbay or Mark Reynolds).

Manager Joe Girardi said he preferred the extra pitching that keeping Preston Claiborne affords, given that both long-men Adam Warren and David Huff were used extensively during Wednesday's win.

So what happens if regular shortstop Eduardo Nunez, still playing with a tight hamstring, is unable to complete a game?

“[Vernon Wells] lobbied yesterday, and I said, ‘I don’t think so Vern,’” Girardi said Thursday morning. “I have some ideas.

“You start thinking, how many people do you want to move around for one position? So I have some ideas. Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but we’ll see.”

How about the Yankees current third baseman? You know, the one who used to play a pretty good shortstop before ceding the position to accommodate Jeter?

“I said ‘I have some ideas,’” Girardi said to laughter. “I have a left fielder that’s played second base, too.”

That last comment could mean Girardi doesn’t want to open the A-Rod-to-shortstop Pandora’s box and would instead prefer to shift Alfonso Soriano to second, the position he played during his first stint with the Yankees, and free-agent-to-be Robinson Cano to short.

But Pandora's box would be a pretty interesting option, too.

Jeter begins his rehab assignment Thursday in Scranton for at least two games.

Alex Rodriguez will play both games for Yankees on Tuesday

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees warms up before

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With the Yankees hosting a doubleheader Tuesday against the Blue Jays, there’s the potential for one day filled with twice the amount of all that comes with Alex Rodriguez.

At the very least, he'll have played in both games.

After Monday’s off day, A-Rod played third base and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first game. Rodriguez was in the lineup for the second game,...

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Girardi: Yankees not 'over-cautious' on Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter of the Yankees has a laugh

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It will be a surprise if Derek Jeter rejoins the Yankees by the end of the weekend series that starts Friday night in Boston.

No one will be more surprised than Joe Girardi.

“I wouldn’t think so," the Yankees manager said Thursday. "We’ll go day by day and see where he’s at.”

Jeter looked fine as he took batting and infield practice at Yankee Stadium before the afternoon...

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