Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees during batting practice...

Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees during batting practice before playing against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium. (May 11, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Yankees head for Chicago for a three-game series against the Cubs, and manager Joe Girardi, who grew up in Peoria and graduated from Northwestern near Chicago, is looking forward to a homecoming. On Sunday, he plans to get up early and make the 21/2-hour drive to Peoria for a Father's Day visit with his dad, Jerry, who has Alzheimer's disease. "I really look forward to seeing him,'' Girardi said. "He's not doing too well.''

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