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Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said Cashman informed owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, along with club president Randy Levine, about Posada’s apologies, and the team considers the matter closed. Zillo said the Yankees will not take any disciplinary action.

“We had a nice conversation. We talked about being emotional and going through struggles and what defines who you are. He apologized and said, `I had a bad day,’ and I said, `I have had bad days, too,’” Girardi said. “‘I know it’s hard to struggle, but you’re going to get through this.’

“It wasn’t the typical Jorge Posada face. Yeah, he was a little emotional. I was emotional in there because he’s one of my guys. I feel for what he’s going through.”

On the field, Posada hugged Rodriguez and chatted with other teammates during batting practice. Yankees captain Derek Jeter, one of Posada’s best friends, said the issue was resolved and he saw nothing wrong with what his pal did Saturday.

“It’s not the first time that someone has come out of the lineup,” Jeter said. “If you need a day, you need a day. … If I thought he did something wrong, I’d be the first to tell him.”

Cashman said he saw Posada near the batting cage before the game and introduced him to Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. Posada told Cashman they needed to talk later.

“I said, ‘No problem.’ I’ll talk and obviously we’ll get this behind us as soon as we can. We’ve got to focus on the Red Sox, not each other,” Cashman said.

Andruw Jones was the designated hitter Sunday night in place of Posada, hitless against left-handed pitchers this season.

Jones homered in his first at-bat, and high-fived Posada in the dugout. Posada then batted for Jones in the eighth against Bard, a right-hander.

Fans applauded when Posada was shown on the big video board before the game delivering his standard recorded greeting. In the first inning, one held a sign that read, “We Stand Behind Jorge.”

Before batting practice, a contrite Posada calmly answered seven minutes worth of questions from the media and then went out to hit with the other backups.

He said he was healthy enough to play _ he had mentioned a stiff back after Saturday night’s game, but acknowledged Sunday that even though his back was bothering him, he used it as an excuse.

“Everything happens for a reason. You learn from it,” Posada said.

Even before the discord, Girardi planned to put Posada on the bench Sunday. Struggling to adapt to his new role as DH, the switch-hitter is 0 for 24 against left-handers and his batting average was the lowest for any player currently in the majors with at least 100 at-bats.

Prior to batting practice Saturday _ when Posada was still slated to hit ninth against right-hander Josh Beckett _ Girardi wouldn’t commit to staying with Posada against lefties.

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