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Hank Steinbrenner: Yankees’ Bad Play ‘Not Acceptable’

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Hank Steinbrenner (credit: Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

Hank Steinbrenner (credit: Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Hank Steinbrenner said on Monday that he isn’t too happy with how the Yankees are playing. One can only wonder how he feels after the Bombers’ latest loss.

Steinbrenner was particularly miffed the Yankees got swept over the weekend at home by Boston.

“It’s early, but the team needs to get it together,” Steinbrenner said. “We’ve got too much talent to be swept by anybody at Yankee Stadium, even if we’re playing the ’27 Yankees. It’s not acceptable. We need to start doing what I know we can do.”

Steinbrenner also said he’s not upset that team captain Derek Jeter supported Jorge Posada.

Posada pulled himself out of the lineup over the weekend, saying he needed a day off, and a public spat ensued between the slumping slugger and club management. Jeter later said he saw nothing wrong with what his pal did.

“I don’t have a problem with that,” Steinbrenner told The Associated Press on Monday. “They’ve known each other for a long time.”

Posada has since apologized to the Yankees. The team held a conference call Monday with Jeter, team president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.

“We’re all on the same page,” Jeter said, without getting into specifics. “Everything is good. It’s a non-issue. That’s all I got.”

Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo, on behalf of the team, said “a great conversion” took place. He added that the team would have no additional comment.

Posada was not in the lineup Monday for the series opener at Tampa Bay. Tough lefty David Price started for the AL East-leading Rays, who came back to beat A.J. Burnett and the Yankees, 6-5.

Alex Rodriguez was the designated hitter, Posada’s spot for most of the season.

“When you’re hitting (.165), you’re lucky to be in the lineup,” Hank Steinbrenner said of Posada. “He’ll comeback, I’ll guarantee that.”

Manager Joe Girardi won’t say if Posada will be the DH on Tuesday night when Tampa Bay starts right-hander James Shields.

“We’re worry about tomorrow, tomorrow,” he said.

The Yankees have lost 10 of 13 at Tropicana Field.

“It’s been a struggle,” Girardi said. “There’s a lot of character in that room and that character is going to pull us of this and we’ll start playing better.”

“We’re moving forward,” he said. “Our focus is on the field. This might be what pulls this club even closer, and this is a close-knit group of guys. This is a great group of guys and we’ll get this righted.”

Can the Yankees right their sinking ship? Comment away below…

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