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It’s overkill, really.

To put the patch of the new Yankee Stadium on the back of the caps AND on the uniforms.

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It’s the first such thing to happen in the history of MLB — a patch on the back of a hat. Leave it to the Yankees to be the first. I honestly think it’s ridiculous.

The hats will be available for sale after March 1 if you want one.

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That title sure looks like the Yankees had the Mafia off Yuri Sucart.

Actually, that’s a translation of what Brian Cashman said to the media today, one day after Alex Rodriguez was seen getting into a dark SUV with his alleged supplier of boli.

Of course, that was a very, very boneheaded move on A-Rod’s part. Doesn’t he realize how much scrutiny he will be in for the rest of the year. Who knows, he could have been shooting up in the SUV to get another home run. Alas, he went 0-2 today in his first “home” game.

According to several sources, including PeteAbe and Tyler Kepner. Here’s what Kepner said:

General Manager Brian Cashman was succinct: “It’s been handled,” he said. Cashman didn’t say any more on the subject, but his feelings were clear.

Okay. That much is clear. No more Sucart.

The Yankees won their second straight game to open up the spring, this time defeating the AL Champion Rays 5-1.

Phil Hughes started for the Yankees and he pitched two scoreless innings without giving up a hit. He struck out two, walked one, and hit two batters.

Phil Coke pitched two scoreless innings and picked up the win.

Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, Mark Melancon, Jonathan Albaledejo all pitched one inning. The only run the Yankees allowed came against J.B. Cox in the seventh inning.

Offensively the Yankees were led by Jorge Posada and Shelley Duncan. Posada got them on the board with a solo homer in 3rd. In the fifth inning, Posada added another RBI with a ground-rule double to deep center. Duncan drove in the other three Yankees runs with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 7th.

Mark Teixeira and Xavier Nady both went 1-for-2. The centerfield competition stalled today. Both Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner went 0-2. Cabrera had two weak groundouts while Gardner had decent at-bats. One of his hits would have gone for a double, but he was robbed by a diving catch.

The Yankees travel to Ft. Myers tomorrow to take on the Minnesota Twins. Ian Kennedy gets the start. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m.

In an interview with PeteAbe today, Reggie Jackson admitted that he was disappointed to find out that Alex Rodriguez juiced during his career.

“The best answer I can give you is that I was disappointed. I was very lucky to have been a good player. When I started playing I was a fan. When I played I was a fan and when I left the game I am a fan of Derek Jeter, of Alex Rodriguez, of CC Sabathia. I like to be at games, I like to watch the games. … I get affected as a fan. You get saddened.

Jackson also said this:

He’ll go by me like I’m standing still. It’s a shame, one of the all-time greats,” Jackson said with a laugh today.

But Jackson doesn’t like the idea of so many tainted players having passed him. He pointed out that he was sixth all-time when he entered the Hall of Fame in 1993.

“The game was 140 years old,” he said. “Now I’m 11th.”

He has a point. People like Willie Mays, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, and Hank Aaron — the all-time greats are now “average” in terms of statistics — but in our eyes and hearts, they will not be average, they are immortal.

The Babe and his friends from Monument Park are now settled in the new Park in the new Stadium.

WPIX was there to videotape it and you can see a 1:37 video on WPIX.

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