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Girardi back in Bronx for exhibition ahead of Phillies debut

Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi leans against the stands during batting practice before an exhibition baseball game against his former team,...
Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi, third from right, talks to his coaches during an exhibition baseball game against his former team, the New ...
Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi, left, approaches first base as a trainer examines Phillies Jean Segura (2) for an injury after he was hit b...
Philadelphia Phillies Didi Gregorius hits a double during the first inning an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, July 20, ...
Philadelphia Phillies Didi Gregorius runs on a double during the first inning an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, July 2...
Philadelphia Phillies Didi Gregorius (18) trots past New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez as he scores on J.T. Realmuto's first-inning, RBI double in...
Philadelphia Phillies Roman Quinn hits an RBI single during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, Jul...
CORRECTS INNING TO FIFTH NOT SIXTH - New York Yankees' Aaron Judge looks to the outfield after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of an e...
Philadelphia Phillies' Vince Velasquez pitches during an intrasquad baseball game Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez winds up during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, M...

Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi leans against the stands during batting practice before an exhibition baseball game against his former team,...

Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi, third from right, talks to his coaches during an exhibition baseball game against his former team, the New ...

Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi, left, approaches first base as a trainer examines Phillies Jean Segura (2) for an injury after he was hit b...

Philadelphia Phillies Didi Gregorius hits a double during the first inning an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, July 20, ...

Philadelphia Phillies Didi Gregorius runs on a double during the first inning an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, July 2...

Philadelphia Phillies Didi Gregorius (18) trots past New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez as he scores on J.T. Realmuto's first-inning, RBI double in...

Philadelphia Phillies Roman Quinn hits an RBI single during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, Jul...

CORRECTS INNING TO FIFTH NOT SIXTH - New York Yankees' Aaron Judge looks to the outfield after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of an e...

Philadelphia Phillies' Vince Velasquez pitches during an intrasquad baseball game Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez winds up during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees, M...

NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Girardi’s new path was evident Monday. And unfamiliar.

About to start his first season as Philadelphia's manager, he was back at Yankee Stadium to lead the Phillies in an exhibition game against New York ahead of his team’s pandemic-delayed opener Friday at home against Miami.

“I always came in through the garage, down the stairs, into the home clubhouse,” he said. “We came through the loading dock and from center field all the way around. So that was different.”

Not everything was a change.

“I did see a lot of familiar faces in Lou Cucuzza and and his clubhouse staff,” he said, referring to New York’s director of clubhouse operations. “So that seemed kind of normal. But you’re on the opposite side, and it’s different.”

After winning three World Series titles as a catcher with the Yankees, Girardi began his managing career in 2006 with the Marlins, led the team to a 78-84 record and was fired — before he was voted NL Manager of the Year.

He was hired by the Yankees after the 2007 season to replace Joe Torre, managed New York to its 27th title in 2009 and was let go by the Yankees after the 2017 season. He decade-long record in New York was 910-710 but resulted in just one pennant.

Girardi was hired by the Phillies during the offseason to replace Gabe Kapler and was reunited with shortstop Didi Gregorius, who left the Yankees and agreed to a $14 million, one-year deal.

“He’s played extremely well, especially in this 2.0, as we call it,” Girardi said. “I think he’s grown really fond of his teammates and his teammates love him.”

Gregorius spoke with old teammates before the game, then went 1 for 3 in the Phillies’ 2-2 tie. He doubled and scored in the first off prospect Deivi Garcia and was replaced by another popular ex-New York player, Ronald Torreyes.

Aaron Judge hit a fifth-inning home run off Vince Velasquez, a 428-field, opposite-field drive into the right-field seats for his third homer in two games since returning from a broken rib. Judge was unsure whether to circle the bases because he was allowed to bat with three outs — DJ LeMahieu had hit into an inning-ending double play but the Phillies wanted Velasquez to face one more batter.

Garcia, a hard-throwing 21-year-old right-hander, rose last year from Class A to Double-A and then Triple-A, where he struggled. He lasted 1 2/3 innings and 46 pitches against Philadelphia, allowing two runs, four hits and two walks with one strikeout. Roman Quinn's RBI single in the second was an unearned run because of Garcia's throwing error on a pickoff attempt to first.

TOP OF THE ORDER

DJ LeMahieu was 0 for 3, was grazed on a thigh by a Valasquez pitch and played six innings at second base. In his first game back from a positive test for the coronavirus, LeMehaieu went 0 for 2 on Sunday night against the Mets.

JUST IN CASE

Velasquez gave up four hits in five innings, struck out six and walked one, retiring 10 straight in a stretch.

“The fifth spot in the rotation is there for the taking,” he said.

Velasquez’s routine was adjusted, putting the 28-year-old right-hander in position to start this weekend if new Phillies teammate Zack Wheeler goes on paternity leave.

OUCH

Jean Segura left the game in the second inning after he was hit on the left hand by Garcia. The Phillies did not expect a report on his hand until Tuesday.

LAST LICKS

The Yankees' Mike Ford pinch hit leading off the ninth and homered against Mauricio Llovera.

ROSTER

Phillies RHP Anthony Swarzak was released from his minor league contract.

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Updated : 2021-01-24 14:32 GMT+08:00