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Yankees honor Virginia Tech

March 19, 2008

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Before putting on their pinstripes Tuesday, the New York Yankees arrived at Virginia Tech in suits and sunglasses. First stop, the moving memorial to victims of last year's campus massacre.

Derek Jeter posed for a picture with a woman in front of the stone that commemorated her fiance. The shortstop's only request to her was that she smile, which she did.

"It's part of the reason that we're here," Jeter said. "People always ask, well, what can you do? How does this help? I really don't know. If it just makes people smile or enjoy themselves for the three hours that we're here, it's all worthwhile."

The Yankees brought Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi and other stars to Blacksburg, Va., for an exhibition game against college kids that was more about healing than baseball.

Rodriguez, Jeter and most of New York's starters came out in the fourth inning of an 11-0 victory.

In other news, George Sherrill was picked to be Baltimore's closer, and the Cincinnati Reds sent Jeremy Affeldt back to the bullpen.

In other spring training games:

Twins 4, Orioles 2

At Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Joe Mauer hit a two-run homer and finished with three RBIs for Minnesota. The standout catcher is batting .458 this spring.

Dodgers 2, Marlins 1

At Jupiter, Fla., Florida left-hander Mark Hendrickson pitched six scoreless innings.

Nationals 9, Tigers 1

At Lakeland, Fla., Lastings Milledge homered against Detroit starter Jeremy Bonderman and Nick Johnson was 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a walk for Washington.

Phillies 4, Rays 2

At Clearwater, Fla., Cole Hamels pitched six strong innings and Geoff Jenkins hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia. Hamels retired the first 14 batters before Evan Longoria homered in the fifth inning.

Pirates 8, Reds 4

At Sarasota, Fla., Paul Maholm allowed three runs in five innings for Pittsburgh and Jose Bautista homered against Reds starter Josh Fogg.

Padres 5, White Sox 0

At Tucson, Ariz., Wilfredo Ledezma allowed two hits in four innings to continue his strong push for a spot in San Diego's rotation.

Angels 11, Brewers 4

At Tempe, Ariz., Torii Hunter hit his third homer this spring and Vladimir Guerrero also connected for the Angels.

Rangers 11, Athletics 6

At Surprise, Ariz., Luis Mendoza allowed two hits and one run over five innings as Texas ended Oakland's seven-game winning streak.

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