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Girardi gives Posada vote of confidence

Jorge Posada arrived in Dallas feeling good about his swing, something he couldn't say very often the first month of the season.

He hit three balls hard Thursday in Deroit and hoped to carry some of that over into this weekend's series against the Rangers.

It didn't happen as he went 0-for-3 with a walk, popping out, grounding in a double play and and striking out. Posada is now hitless in his last 11 at-bats and is 4-for-19 on this trip. His average is .149.

All of which caused Joe Girardi to seek out the veteran and let him know he was still his designated hitter.

"I still believe in him, that's why I keep putting him out there," Girardi said.

Posada appreciated the message.

"I told him [Girardi] after the game, thank you for sticking with me. He’s been very supportive.”

Posada said him not catching is the problem.

"I don't think that's the case," he said.

The former catcher used the word "frustrating" several times, a word that's gotten a workout in his vernacular the season's first five weeks.

"You have to rely on positives and there's not a whole lot of positives," Posada said.






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