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NEW YORK, N. Danny Woodhead Jersey .Y. - When the New York Yankees take the field against Toronto for their opener on April 6, it will be 556 days since Alex Rodriguez last played in a major league game.Will he resemble the star who won three MVP awards?Or will he look more like the broken-down third baseman who hasnt played a full season since 2007 due to leg injuries, operations on both hips and a season-long suspension this year for violating baseballs drug agreement and labour contract?Really, until he gets out there and starts playing, youre not going to know, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday.Spring training is more than three months from now, and already the spotlight is on A-Rod.Third base? First base? Designated hitter? The bench, if a suitable replacement is found?Addition or distraction?You have the whole spectrum from minimal contributions to significant contributions, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said at the GM meetings in Phoenix. We are certainly hoping for significant contributions. But I think as you went through the process from a general managers standpoint, you enter that process with the expectations low and hoping for the best. But I dont think I can bank for our fan base on significant contributions and count on it and be surprised if its not there.The only certainty is Rodriguez becoming the focal point wherever he goes.When Alex has walked into spring training, when hasnt there been a lot of attention on him over the last five years? Girardi said. So, yeah, theres going to be attention. Some of it is going to be negative. Some of it is going to be positive. Well deal with it.Rodriguez was limited to 44 games in 2013 following his second hip surgery. He turns 40 next July but wants to come back to earn the $61 million he is owed in salary in the final three years of his contract.Girardi spoke to A-Rod about potentially playing some first base on days Mark Teixeira is given off.I just wanted to put the thought in his mind, Girardi said. He said lets talk about it. So, well sit down and talk about it.But first is likely to be only a part-time destination.He may be the everyday third baseman. He may be the everyday DH, Cashman said. I dont know.Chase Headley, obtained from San Diego in July, could be an option to take over from Rodriguez as the primary third baseman.If I signed or traded for a third baseman, that would be my third baseman, Cashman said.Headley is a free agent, and the Yankees have interest in re-signing him.He really shored up our defence on that side, played a great third base, Girardi said. Grinded out at-bats, had some big hits for us and showed an extreme amount of toughness and was great in the clubhouse.Girardi was at Yankee Stadium for the teams United Service Organizations event to pack goods for American servicemen and servicewomen. While most of the questions were about Rodriguez, he also addressed New Yorks off-season moves in the post-Derek Jeter era, of the need to right the ship. The Yankees hope to rebound from an 84-78 record, their poorest winning percentage since 1992.I think theres some question marks in our starting rotation, number one. Theres going to be some questions marks in our bullpen, and theres some question marks on what our infield is going to be, he said.Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Ivan Nova, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Martin Prado are coming back from injuries.New York also has some interest in re-signing Brandon McCarthy, acquired from Arizona last summer and also a free agent.He struggled in Arizona for whatever reasons, but he pitched really well for us, Girardi said. He showed that he had the ability to pitch in New York, and I think thats always important.New York would like to re-sign closer David Robertson, another free agent. If he leaves, Dellin Betances likely would inherit the role.Its somewhat of a different mentality, Girardi said. I think hes capable of handling it.New York finished four games behind Oakland (88-74) for the second AL wild card, and Girardi watched from afar as Kansas City (89-73) reached Game 7 of the World Series before losing to San Francisco, with the potential tying run stranded at third.It shows you how close you were to be possibly being a World Series team, which even makes it hurt more, he said. If you look at five games where you could have scored maybe 10 more runs, two runs a game, with all the one-run games, that could have been us.___Blum reported from New York and Baum from Phoenix. Ryan Jensen Jersey . The CFL will help tackle womens cancers by playing four special "CFL PINK" games this weekend. James Hurst Jersey .2 million deal for the upcoming season with right-hander Garrett Richards.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the announcement hadnt been made. . The veteran fighter will be squaring off with Henderson in a five-round lightweight bout as part of another network televised card at the United Center on Saturday night. LONDON -- George Groves will not fight Carl Froch unless the British Boxing Board of Control appoints "neutral officials" for their rematch at Wembley Stadium. Froch retained his WBA and IBF titles with a ninth-round stoppage against Groves in Manchester on Nov. 23. Groves launched an appeal, saying referee Howard Foster stopped the fight prematurely, and the IBF then ordered a rematch. Frochs belts will be at stake again on May 31. During a press conference on Monday, Groves labelled the ninth-round stoppage a "stonewall robbery" and added that his request for neutral officials was "conditional on the fight going ahead." Both Groves and Froch are British. Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn supported Groves call for neutral referees but did not blame to Foster for his refereeing last November. "I feel the officials for this fight should be neutral," said Hearn. "Its too big to have any blame or controversy." With Wembley able to seat up to 90,000, the fight will set a post-World War II attendance record for a boxing match in Brritain after 60,000 tickets that went on sale on Monday sold out quickly. Tony Jefferson Jersey. The record is 56,000 in 2008 for Ricky Hatton-Juan Lazcano at the City of Manchester Stadium. "I dont believe in fate, but I do believe in everything happening for a reason," said the 25-year-old Groves, who is from London. "Maybe I had to go through that decision, that first fight, to get to the point where I can fight at Wembley, in my home city, in front of my home fans. I couldnt be more excited about this fight now." Tempers frayed after the press conference as both boxers posed for photographers inside Wembley, with Froch shoving Groves after the Londoner stared at him with intensity. "Everyones entitled to their opinion on that fight," said Froch. "But what I think about the stoppage is totally irrelevant. "All I know is that it was controversial, and thats why were here. Theres going to be no question-marks this time around. It doesnt get any bigger than this. The platform to showcase my skills, Im just so, so excited. " Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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