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Jorge Posada talks to YES, but not to other beat reporters

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada recently came out

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada recently came out with an autobiography titled "The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes." Photo Credit: AP

Former Yankees catcher Jorge Posada recently came out with an autobiography titled "The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes." The sales hook is Posada's account of his demotion from starting catcher to designated hitter in his final season and his critical take on how manager Joe Girardi handled it.

Posada explained his refusal to play when he was dropped to ninth in the order for a 2011 game in Boston by writing, "I felt like I wasn't being treated right, that people weren't being as straightforward with me as I wanted them to be or treating me as I deserved to be treated, and I exploded."

Posada sat for an interview with the YES Network during the Yankees' 6-2 win over the Orioles, but he declined interview requests from reporters in the press box, saying: "I can't do it. I'm in a rush."

Tanaka fares well

Masahiro Tanaka (wrist, forearm) made 50 throws on flat ground from 90 feet with no problems. He likely will throw again Monday, but there's no timetable for beginning a rehab assignment. "He's reacted well to everything so far, so that's good," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said.

"We'll see how he is after the first [rehab start] and see how sharp he is and we'll go from there. It may be one or two [starts], but if he needs more, we'll do more."

Extra bases

Carlos Beltran's fourth-inning homer was his first of the season and snapped a streak of 160 at-bats without a home run. "He's been swinging the bat a lot better," Girardi said. "He's too good for it to last." . . . Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's game with hamstring tightness after legging out a triple Friday night. Asked of A-Rod should be trying for third when he's almost 40, Girardi said, "I would tell him just to hit the ball a foot farther."

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