Well, the Yankees didn't win their first game of Spring Training, nor did they lose, but they finished a 9-inning game against the Pirates with a 2-2 tie. The big story was not Tanyon Sturtze pitching two perfect innings for an injured Randy Johnson, but Jason Giambi. Surprise, surprise.
In his three trips to the plate as the Yankees DH, Giambi went 0-1 with 2 walks. While the Pirates were batting, Giambi spent his time in the clubhouse practicing his swing. The televisions inside were broadcasting the game and at one point, the commentators discussed Giambi's situation, which caused everyone to pay attention.
The Times reports that Giambi was notified later in the day that he would invited to testify at a congressional hearing on the steroids testing policy in baseball. The hearing is scheduled for March 17th, which is unlikely to be the last distraction for Giambi this season.
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