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Smooth sailing for Ichiro Suzuki, Joe Girardi

Ichiro Suzuki looks on after a game against

Ichiro Suzuki looks on after a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Aug. 1, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Ichiro Suzuki started in leftfield Friday night, entering the game with 10 hits in his previous 20 at-bats and having hit safely in 19 of his 20 starts as a Yankee before going 0-for-3 — not bad for a ninth-place hitter. Joe Girardi has no plans to move him to his customary leadoff spot because Derek Jeter is doing so well there.

...Girardi on having avoided the tumult that has surrounded Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine: “I’ve just been myself I guess. I haven’t purposely said I’m going to try to avoid drama. My first year, I had to build relationships. When you’ve replaced someone who has been there a long time, and players are really comfortable with, it’s something you really have to work at. It’s not easy.”

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