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New York Yankees News and Notes

Gary MarcheseAnalyst IApril 21, 2009

TAMPA - FEBRUARY 17:  General Manager Brian Cashman listens during a press conference with infielder Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees February 17, 2008 at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The Yankees third baseman admitted to taking a substance known as 'boli' acquired with his cousin in the Dominican Republic in 2001.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

I am hopeful the Yankees will play tonight, since it has only been misting all morning, but I'm not sure what is going to happen tonight. If the game is played it will be Andy Pettitte vs. Dana Eveland. Jason Giambi must be chomping at the bit to get started, as he makes his return I am sure to applause. The Big G is a character and the fans have grown to love him.

Brian Cashman is supposed to announce, at some point today, what the plan for Chien-Ming Wang is other then skipping him on Friday. I don't think they will send him down and expose him to waivers, but I can see them putting him on the DL and calling up Phil Hughes.

Freddy Schulmann a.k.a. Freddy Sez, known to be the unofficial mascot of the Yankees for as long as I can remember, has been forced to buy tickets at the new stadium. He was let in to the stadium for the opener, but was told he couldn't get in without tickets for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games.

He was lucky enough to have fans give him tickets, but this is a disgrace. The fans all know and love Freddy and he should be allowed in, the Yankees say it was miscommunication and everything will be fine starting tonight, so we will see.

In the old stadium the team and Modells each bought half the tickets for him, but he doesn't really need a ticket since he just walks around and stands during the games with his pan and spoon getting the crowd into the game.

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