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Yankees don't feel very secure at U.S. Cellular Field

Yankees' Derek Jeter signs autographs for fans before

Yankees' Derek Jeter signs autographs for fans before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Credit: AP / Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO - For the Yankees, visiting the White Sox typically means that at some point there will be an uncomfortable encounter between a player (or players) and an autograph-seeking U.S. Cellular Field security member.

One such occurrence took place after Friday night's loss when, near the team bus, a uniformed Chicago Police Department officer stopped Derek Jeter with a small bounty of goods to sign. While that was going on, a relative of a White Sox player attempted to board the Yankees' team bus to take pictures but almost immediately was booted off the bus by the driver.

The Yankees have had a long-standing issue here: Some visiting team clubhouse security personnel seem to spend almost as much time inside the actual clubhouse -- often helping themselves to the players' spread of food and beverages -- as outside securing it.

Major League Baseball prefers clubhouse security personnel to remain outside clubhouses unless they are needed inside for a very specific reason, but that mysteriously is not the case at U.S. Cellular Field despite repeated complaints by the Yankees.

"It," said one member of the club's traveling party, "is always something here."

Sore Roberts rests

Brian Roberts fouled a ball off his right kneecap during Friday night's loss but stayed in the game. He later said the knee was sore, but an X-ray showed no damage.

Joe Girardi didn't take any chances Saturday afternoon, sitting Roberts and playing Brendan Ryan at second base.

"He's a player in the case of an emergency for me today," Girardi said of Roberts, who did not play. "Any time you hit something off your kneecap, you get concerned you could have a crack in it or it shatters. It's a sensitive area, but for the most part, he says he feels pretty decent. He's sore but there's really no swelling. Hopefully we won't need him today and he'll be a player tomorrow."


Murphy on the ready

John Ryan Murphy doesn't play often, but the 23-year-old takes advantage of the chances he does get. He started in place of Brian McCann Saturday and reached base twice, on an error (originally called a hit) and a single. McCann batted for him in the ninth and had an RBI single to tie it at 3-3.

Murphy is hitting .378 (14-for-37) with a .395 on-base percentage in 15 games. "It is somewhat surprising, especially for a young guy, because they're used to playing every day," Girardi said. "But he works very hard. He gets in the cage, he's here for every early BP. He's doing what he has to, but it is somewhat surprising."

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